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CT’s travel advisory takes effect today, expands list of states with high COVID-19 infection rates


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut expanded the list of states with high COVID-19 infection rates that are covered under the regional travel advisory, which will take into effect beginning today.

Last week, governors from the tri-state area announced a plan to try and keep the coronavirus out of their states.

Trying to keep the positive cases down, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont joined the governors of New York and New Jersey announcing a “strict” COVID-19 travel advisory.

People coming from states with high infection rates — like Florida, Arizona and Texas — will have to quarantine for fourteen days when entering Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

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The governor announced that there are now sixteen states that meet that criteria. They are:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

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“You’ve got states with a positivity rate of 10, 15%,” Lamont said last Monday before officially announcing the plan. “We are talking about a regional quarantine. If these folks want to come to the New York metropolitan area, the Boston metropolitan area, perhaps they should show that they’ve been tested in the very recent past or they should quarantine.”

Governor Lamont said in a separate news conference that the quarantine rule would also be in place for Connecticut residents who travel to high-infection states and return home.

“If you come back from Miami Beach, you quarantine just like everyone else,” the governor said.

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The self-quarantine goes in effect today and applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

It will apply to all modes of transportation, but will have a special focus on those who fly in from “hot zones.” The tri-states will have messaging at airports, on highways and on websites and social media, as well as ask hotels to communicate the quarantine to their guests.

Lamont said this “urgent guidance” is aimed at stopping a spike in coronavirus.

“At this time, [the plan] relies on individual responsibility, people doing the right thing,” said Chief Operating Officer, Josh Geballe. “There are no plans for the National Guard to step in. If need be we will re-look at enforcement.”

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Those coming from high-risk areas can show that they’ve been tested recently to avoid the quarantine.

Connecticut, New York and New Jersey will continually update and publish on their respective websites a list of states to which the new advisory applies. This information will be updated regularly. To visit Connecticut’s site, click here.

Dr. Diedre Gifford, with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, said it’s all about avoiding a second wave.

“The measures we have in place and the strong advisory will help lower the odds of a second wave hitting Connecticut,” Gifford explained.

Now, some state leaders are pushing for COVID-19 testing at airports like Bradley.

Some travelers at the airport on Tuesday night said they support the idea.

“I think it’s really important when you come from high risk areas because people traveling are going to meet and be with people and that’s how the virus is spread,” said Whitley Scharffs, who flew in from North Carolina.

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