UPDATE: New Jersey has added 8 new states to the list of high-risk locations. This means anyone coming from California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee will have to self quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in NJ. This goes for people who are visiting from out of state, and for NJ residents who are returning from these places. These new states join the list of previously announced high-risk destinations: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas. This makes a total of 16 states that have high positive COVID-19 test rates.
Visitors to the Jersey Shore from out-of-state will have some new rules to contend with. Governor Murphy, along with Governor Cuomo of New York and Governor Lamont of Connecticut announced today that starting at midnight, there will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors from states where COVID-19 infections are on the rise. Any travelers arriving in the tri-state area from high-risk states will be required to self-quarantine for 14-days upon arrival. This also applies to NJ residents who travel to these high-risk states upon their return.
The quarantine will apply to anyone coming from a state where the positivity rate of testing over 10% and on the rise rapidly.
During a joint appearance spearheaded by Cuomo, Murphy said: “We’ve been clobbered by this virus. No region in this country has paid a bigger price. This is a smart thing to do. We have taken our people, these three states, to hell and back.”
Murphy confirmed during his own daily press conference that this “absolutely” applied to New Jersey residents who traveled to these high-risk states. So if you head on vacation to one of these spots, when you return home you’ll be required to quarantine at home for 14 days.
Each state will be responsible for the enforcement of the policy within their state, but the intention is to keep the positive infection rate in the tri-state area low and declining, instead of following the unsettling trend that is happening across the country.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, positive cases are on the rise in the U.S. The amount of positive cases in the U.S. is now close to the amount that the country had in April. The CDC also shows some major spikes in cases happening in the last week.
As of today, there are 169,892 cases in New Jersey, with 317 new cases reported yesterday. The daily positivity rate is up to 2.83%, and the rate of transmission is .86. And a total of 12,995 New Jersey residents have died from COVID-19.