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10 states added to New York-area quarantine order, bringing total to 31


Travelers from more than three-fifths of the country will be subject to a two-week quarantine order upon arrival in New York and New Jersey, Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy said Tuesday.

An additional 10 states were added to the list as Covid-19 caseloads continue to surge in much of the country, bringing the total number of affected states to 31. Minnesota was removed from the list, which is updated weekly.

“It is critically important that all New Jerseyans remain committed to beating COVID-19 by remaining vigilant and continuing our collective efforts to reduce new cases and the rate of transmission throughout the state,” Murphy said in a statement.

Impact: Those newly added states are: Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia and Washington.

Context: The quarantine applies to any person coming from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The quarantine order has some exceptions, such as for travelers who were in one of the designated states for less than 24 hours or who are designated as essential workers. Failure to comply with the directive could subject a person to a $2,000 fine.

Cuomo himself traveled Monday to Georgia, one of the states on the restricted list, but that trip falls under both of the above exemptions. He also said he was getting tested again following his return to New York.

What’s next: In response to a reporter’s question, Cuomo said officials are exploring the possibility that U.S. territories may also be added to the quarantine list. Puerto Rico would be affected if the quarantine order were expanded, as its positivity rate exceeds the threshold.

Connecticut also has imposed quarantine orders on visitors to their states.

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