Update: Delaware exits Tri-State quarantine penalty box

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Delaware has been removed from a list of states on the traveler quarantine list of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. At last report, Rhode Island had not taken Delaware off its list.

Gov. John Carney said Pennsylvania also lifted its recommendation that Delaware travelers undergo a two-week quarantine.

New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phi Murphy also announced that Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin were added while Delaware was removed.

Gov. Carney said he told governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York that Delaware took into consideration his arguments that Delaware was not meeting their metrics, due to the First State doing extensive testing

The 14-day quarantine applies to any person arriving 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 seven-day rolling average.

Delaware’s positive case rate has been moving toward the 4 percent mark after an uptick at least partially the result of an outbreak in beach areas of Sussex County.

Cuomo announced a travel enforcement operation will commence today at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state’s quarantine restrictions and to help contain the rates of COVID-19 transmission in New York State.

Cuomo stressed that the virus can still spread rapidly.

“It’s also clear based on contact tracing that many of the new cases in New York are a result of a lack of compliance during the July 4 weekend and illustrate how quickly the virus spreads, with one party, for example, infecting more than a third of attendees,” Cuomo state. “I cannot be more clear: Look at what’s happening in the rest of the country — if we are not smart, if we don’t wear masks and socially distance, cases will spike. No one wants to go back to the hell we experienced three months ago, so please stay vigilant.”

State and local contact tracing efforts found that 35 percent of people who attended a Fourth of July weekend party in Suffolk County – or more than 1/3 of the entire party – became infected with COVID-19, demonstrating how quickly the virus can spread.

The full, updated list of states on the travel advisory is below:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
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