Connecticut said it issued its first $ 3,000 in fines to two residents who failed to comply with the state’s new coronavirus travel advisory.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday that the individuals had both been fined $ 1,000 for failing to complete public health forms when they returned weeks ago from Louisiana and Florida – two states that report a higher number of confirmed cases daily. One of those residents was fined an additional $ 1,000 after his colleague informed officials he refused to quarantine himself for 14 days, as the restrictions demand, he added. .
“Look, I hate to do this, but we’re going to be serious and show people we’re serious about this,” Lamont said at a press conference.
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“The vast majority of people arriving in our state from areas infected with COVID are declining. I think people self-regulate and self-regulate, but not all, ”he added. “We wanted to send a strong and clear message.”
The state, as part of its travel advisory, states that “anyone traveling to Connecticut from a state that has a new daily positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 population or a state with a positivity rate of 10% or more over a seven-day moving average is directed to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the last contact in the identified condition. ”
As of Wednesday, 34 states and territories were on the list, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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The residents who have been fined live in Hartford and Windham counties, according to Josh Geballe, chief operating officer of Connecticut.
Still, it’s not immediately clear whether they carried the coronavirus upon their return to Connecticut.
“It’s for real. We need people to follow these rules, we need people to comply, ”Geballe said on Monday.
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“The message people need to understand is that there are more investigations going on, we need you to fill out the form,” he warned. “If you need to quarantine, we expect you to do so and if not, there will be consequences.
Connecticut has currently reported 50,684 cases of the coronavirus since the start of the epidemic and 4,444 deaths.