Oregon, Washington, California issue travel advisories to slow the spread of coronavirus

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The governors of Oregon, Washington and California issued travel advisories Friday morning urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine for 14 days, to slow the spread of coronavirus.

They also are urging people to avoid all non-essential out-of-state travel.

The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and security.

“As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a news release.

Brown is expected to announce further restrictions at a noon press conference.

States across the country are smashing records for daily case counts, positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths.

Oregon surpassed 1,000 daily cases for the first time Thursday, reporting 1,122.

California just surpassed a total of one million COVID-19 cases.

And cases have doubled in Washington over the past two weeks.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Tracy Loew is a reporter at the Statesman Journal. She can be reached at [email protected], 503-399-6779 or on Twitter at @Tracy_Loew. Support local journalism by subscribing to the Statesman Journal.

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