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Newsom urges Californians not to travel out of state, advises 14-day quarantine for those who do

SACRAMENTO — As California sees the fastest rate of growth in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday an advisory urging anyone traveling to California or returning from out of state to quarantine for two weeks.

The advisory is voluntary, not mandatory. It comes as several Bay Area counties are moving to shut down or restrict indoor dining and other activities to try to quell the rising number of cases, and as many Americans are preparing to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The travel advisory issued by the California Department of Public Health encourages Californians to stay home and avoid nonessential travel to other states and countries.

Travelers arriving in California, including residents returning home from trips, should quarantine for 14 days, the state said. During that time, they should limit their interactions to their immediate households.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold — 1 million COVID-19 cases — with no signs of the virus slowing down,” Newsom said in a statement. “Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”

California is reporting the fastest weekly rate of growth in coronavirus case since the pandemic began, state health officer Dr. Erica Pan said Friday. Cases grew 47% the first week of November — a steeper rise than the 39% jump the third week of June, when the summer surge was taking off. The daily average of new coronavirus cases in California is nearing 7,000, about twice as many as a month ago. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions related to COVID-19 are also rising, each increasing about 34% over the last two weeks, Pan said.

“The peak will be even higher (than the previous July peak) if we don’t act,” Pan said.

Nationally, the U.S. is breaking records daily for new infections, averaging more than 134,000 cases a day over the last week — a 72% increase from two weeks earlier, according to The New York Times.

The Bay Area is faring better than most major U.S. metropolitan areas. But even here, coronavirus cases started ticking up in mid-October, and began a steeper and more concerning climb the first week of November.

On Friday, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties announced plans to close indoor dining Tuesday. They join San Francisco, which earlier this week said it would halt indoor dining starting Friday and pause school reopenings. Marin County this week asked restaurants to voluntarily reduce indoor dining capacity from 50% to 25%.

“It’s absolutely imperative we take action now, each and every one of us, in order to get through this,” Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said at a press conference Friday announcing the new restrictions.

Santa Clara next week will move back from the orange to the red tier in the state’s reopening structure, indicating the virus is spreading more quickly. That will mean that indoor fitness centers will operate at 10%

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Vermont advises limiting gatherings, no holiday travel

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press
Published 8:28 a.m. ET Nov. 7, 2020 | Updated 8:29 a.m. ET Nov. 7, 2020

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48. Vermont • Roadway in poor condition: 22.9% (21st highest) • Structurally deficient bridges: 2.4% of bridges (5th lowest) • Locomotive derailments from 2015-2019: 10 (1.7 per 100 miles of track — 5th fewest out of 49 states) • State highway spending per licensed driver: $804 (12th highest) Like most states in the Northeast, Vermont has a higher than average share of roadway in poor condition. States with longer and harsher winters tend to have greater wear and tear on their roads, as water seeps into cracks in the asphalt and expands as it freezes, weakening the integrity of the surface. In Vermont, 22.9% of roadway is in poor condition compared to 21.8% of roadway nationwide. Still, bridges in Vermont are more likely to be structurally sound than in all but four other states. Additionally, railways in the state appear to be in better than average condition as train derailments are far less common than average in Vermont. Broken rails are the leading cause of derailment. ALSO READ: The Plan for Reopening Schools in Vermont This Fall (Photo: Sean Pavone / iStock via Getty Images)

State officials on Friday advised Vermonters not to travel during Thanksgiving and to limit social gatherings in general and to no more than 10 people with a rise in coronavirus outbreaks in Vermont and a surge in cases regionally and nationally.

“The data and the trends of the past few weeks are sending a clear message that we need to up our game in order to protect ourselves and our communities and prevent large-spread infections,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine during the governor’s bi-weekly virus briefing.

Even small gatherings can have a big impact, he said. In Vermont, events such as birth parties, dinner parties, sleepovers, baby showers and barbecues have resulted in the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, he said.

“I am strongly urging people to lay low this season and forego nonessential travel,” Levine said. He also “strongly” advises that any social gatherings be with 10 or fewer people and with a very limited number of trusted households.

“We cannot know for sure each others infection status. And that’s how the virus spreads,” he said. “Even though we call people trusted households and they mean no ill to us or us to them, it is very challenging in an environment where there is more virus around for people to understand what their potential infection status is at any given point in time even if they’ve had a test recently.”

In Vermont’s largest city, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger on Friday urged Chittenden County residents to double down after the county’s seven-day average rose to 12.9 new cases per day.

“We are facing an elevated risk of virus infections in the community right now and this weekend is the time when we can bring it back down, back under control,”

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Vermont health chief advises avoiding holiday travel

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state’s top health official is advising Vermonters not travel for the holidays if they can avoid it, and says any visitors from outside the state, including returning college students, will need to quarantine amid a rise in coronavirus cases in parts of the country, including the Northeast.

“We know that social gatherings often among trusted family and friends are a driving force behind much of the virus’ spread right now across the nation,” Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Tuesday during the state’s bi-weekly virus briefing. “Adding the element of travel to the mix only adds to the risk.”

Any out-of-state visitors that Vermonters are inviting to their homes should wear a mask in common places, use a separate bathroom, eat separately, stay 6-feet apart and otherwise not be in close contact with other household members, he said.

“Without taking these steps you could easily be exposed to COVID by one of your visitors who unknowingly brought the virus into your home because they didn’t know they were infected and might be their pre-symptomatic period,” Levine said.

Vermonters who leave the state need to quarantine when they return so plan ahead, he said.

“Celebrating the holidays at home will be different for many people this year, but maybe like Halloween we can come up with some new holiday traditions and innovations,” he said.

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Vermont reported 27 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday for a statewide total to date of 2,267. Four people were currently hospitalized in intensive care with COVID-19. Of the new cases, 18 were in Chittenden County, two each were in Bennington, Essex, Washington and Windham counties and one was in Addison County.

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Italy’s foreign ministry advises against overseas travel, warns of curbs

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Foreign Ministry advised Italians on Monday against trips to other European countries because of surging coronavirus cases, and warned that people might get trapped overseas if travel bans became necessary.

“In view of the worsening epidemiological situation in Europe, the foreign ministry recommends that all compatriots avoid travelling abroad except for strictly necessary reasons,” said a statement said on the ministry’s website.

“It should also be noted that given the high number of infections in many European countries, further restrictions on travel in the future cannot be excluded, which would risk complicating any return to Italy.”

The ministry further warned of the dangers of travelling beyond Europe. “Similar repatriation problems could occur, with much more serious consequences, in case of travel to non-EU destinations,” it said.

The Italian government helped repatriate almost 100,000 citizens earlier in the year after they were stranded abroad as borders were closed around the world amid coronavirus fears.

Many travel restrictions were eased after the initial viral wave subsided, but cases have risen sharply again this month in many countries including Italy.

In a new record, almost half a million new coronavirus infections were recorded globally in a 24-hour period during the weekend, according to Reuters data.

There have been mounting protests in Italy against intensified restrictions meant to curb coronavirus contagion, and officials said the government would present a package of measures on Tuesday to shore up damaged businesses.

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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State Department advises all US citizens to ‘reconsider travel abroad’ due to virus pandemic

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic and is urging aggressive action from all countries to fight it.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department is advising all American citizens to “reconsider travel abroad” due to the virus pandemic.

The State Department website says the advisory to reconsider travel abroad was issued on Wednesday, shortly after President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night from the Oval Office on the U.S. coronavirus response.

The Global Level 3 Health Advisory says U.S. citizens should reconsider international travel as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads worldwide.

The department encourages people to check for individual travel advisories online at travel.state.gov.

Federal officials say citizens should make sure to check with airlines or cruise lines for updated information on travel plans or restrictions, and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to limit the virus’ spread.

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The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic and is urging aggressive action from all countries to fight it.

Trump announced in his Oval Office address that he is sharply restricting European passenger travel to the U.S. and moving to ease the pandemic’s economic costs. Soaring cases in the U.S. and Europe’s status as the new epicenter of the pandemic underscore the challenge. 

While Italy exceeds 12,000 cases and the United States has topped 1,300, China reported a record low of just 15 new cases. Three-fourths of its patients have recovered.  

To put the coronavirus numbers into some context, millions of Americans get the flu every single year and there are thousands of flu deaths annually.

Since October 2019, the CDC estimates around 32 million Americans have gotten the flu. That’s one in every 10 Americans.

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