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

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Ticket agents wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic while helping travelers at LaGuardia Airport on July 15. | Frank Franklin II / AP Photo

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Travelers over 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.

Ten more states have been added to the list as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise across much of the country, bringing the total number of affected states to 31. Minnesota has been removed from the list, which is updated weekly.

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“It is extremely important that all New Jersey residents remain committed to defeating COVID-19 by remaining vigilant and continuing our collective efforts to reduce new cases and the rate of transmission statewide,” Murphy said in a statement.

Impact: These new states are: Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia and Washington.

The context: Quarantine applies to anyone coming from a state with a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 population on a 7-day moving average or a state with a positivity rate of 10% or greater on a moving average of 7 days.

The quarantine order has a few exceptions, such as for travelers who have been in one of the designated states for less than 24 hours or who are designated as essential workers. Failure to follow the directive could result in a fine of $ 2,000.

Cuomo himself traveled to Georgia, one of the shortlisted states on Monday, but that trip falls under the two exemptions above. He also said he was being tested again after returning to New York.

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

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

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