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N.J. scraps COVID-19 state-by-state travel advisory that called for quarantines

After using it for nearly five months to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, New Jersey is abandoning its state-by-state travel advisory formula as cases rise across the country, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.



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Instead, the state is now asking people who travel from any U.S. state or territory except immediate neighbors New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving.

Murphy is also urging people to avoid all unnecessary travel to and from the state.

“As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate throughout our nation, New Jersey will no longer utilize previously outlined metrics to inform its travel advisory,” Murphy said in a statement. “Given the increased risk of spreading COVID-19 for both residents who travel outside the state and for visitors into the state, New Jersey continues to strongly discourage all non-essential interstate travel at this time.”

If you do travel — whether it be visitors or residents returning home from a trip — New Jersey is asking you to self-quarantine at your home, a hotel, or other temporary lodging for 14 days.

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Murphy said the state Department of health will release more information in the coming days about new travel precautions.

“Individuals should continue to abide by the state’s current guidance until a new policy is issued,” he added.

The move comes the day before Thanksgiving — usually the busiest travel day of the year in the United States. But federal and state officials are asking Americans to stay home this year and celebrate with small gatherings of immediate household members to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s not too late to change your plans for tomorrow,” Murphy tweeted Wednesday. “I know it’s difficult and heartbreaking to break with tradition, but small gatherings this Thanksgiving are the best way to protect your loved ones and ensure we can gather safely in the years to come.”

New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut introduced the travel advisory in June, calling on people traveling from states and territories considered coronavirus hot spots to self-quarantine for 14 days. It came at a time when the tri-state region, among the earliest COVID-19 epicenters, began to see numbers drop, while other parts of the country saw numbers surge.

States qualified for the list if they had a positive test rate higher than 10 pr 100,00 residents or if they had a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

People traveling for work or essential reasons have been exempt.

With the virus starting to spread again across the U.S. — including the northeast — New York dropped the advisory late last month and began requiring visitors from non-neighboring states get a COVID-19 test instead.

New Jersey pressed on with the advisory but exempted neighboring states. Last week, 46 states

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Columbus Recreation and Parks closes facilities amid health advisory



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Columbus Recreation and Parks shared Friday that facilities will be closed as the city enters a stay-at-home advisory.

“Columbus Recreation and Parks Department continues to focus on serving residents during the pandemic. With the recent surge in cases in Columbus, the department is shifting its focus to ensure residents’ essential needs are met while promoting social distancing to slow community spread,” the department shared in a statement. 

Recs and Parks says it will focus on the following services for the next month:

  • Ensuring residents have access to fresh produce via free mobile produce markets. The produce markets will continue through Dec. 18. 
  •  Supporting connectivity during the holiday season via mobile Thanksgiving meals. With the support of the American Electric Power Foundation, Boar’s Head and Mid-Ohio Food Collective, the department is distributing 3,000 hot Thanksgiving meals at community centers with the highest need.
  • Enhancing core educational services at community centers, including Active Learning Sites and Capital Kids programming. All participants must register in advance.

As facilities close, the department encourages anyone in need of essential services to call their local community center. 

Outdoor parks and trails will remain open with social-distance protocols strongly urged. 

More details can be found online here.

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California lawmakers travel to Hawaii despite COVID-19 surge and travel advisory

A nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases and a statewide travel advisory didn’t stop a group of California lawmakers from flying to Hawaii for a four-day conference this week.

The annual policy conference hosted by the Independent Voter Project, a San Diego-based nonprofit group, has fewer people attending this year, but according to Politico, about 100 lawmakers and lobbyists from multiple states still made the trip to Maui.

The Los Angeles Times didn’t name the California legislators in attendance but confirmed about a half dozen are there (although the paper also puts the total number of attendees closer to 50).


The Fairmont Kea Lani, the luxury Wailea resort hosting the summit, told the Sacramento Bee that guests had to show proof of a negative test result before attending.

Dan Howle, the chairman of the Independent Voter Project, told the Bee that attendees are following the rules and wearing masks on the hotel grounds.

“Nobody has been walking around without masks,” he said. “They’re not complaining about it. Of course, they’re in Maui.”

This news comes as California has seen new cases double in the past 10 days and Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a travel advisory Friday urging against nonessential travel and recommending quarantines for those who do travel between states and internationally.

Newsom is asking out-of-state travelers to California and residents who leave and then return home to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Hawaii also has strict rules for travelers, requiring either a 14-day quarantine or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours.

The Hawaii trip also comes after Newsom drew criticism for attending a birthday party with members outside his household at the French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley.

Newsom said at a Monday press conference attending the party was a mistake and more people were at the event than he expected.

“I need to preach and practice,” he said. “We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes. I shouldn’t have been there. I should have turned back around. You got to pay the price. You have to own it. This isn’t a practice I’ve indulged in in the past.”

The Independent Voter Project wasn’t immediately available for comment. SFGATE will update the story if we hear back.

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N.J. adds another state to COVID-19 travel advisory. Nearly all 50 states meet quarantine criteria as cases surge.

One more state has been added to New Jersey’s travel advisory for the coronavirus Tuesday, setting a new high of 46 states and territories considered COVID-19 hotspots and that require a 14-day quarantine.



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Vermont was the latest state to be added, Gov. Phil Murphy’s office announced. The only remaining state that doesn’t meet the criteria to be on the list is Hawaii.

The Garden State, along with New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware all meet the criteria to be on the travel advisory, but are exempt. Travel between the states is allowed without any quarantine. But officials have said people shouldn’t be traveling unless it’s essential.



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“As we face the second wave of this virus, we need to recommit ourselves to the mindset of personal responsibility that helped us flatten the curve earlier this year,” Murphy said in a statement.

New Jersey’s quarantine list was previously issued as a joint advisory with New York and Connecticut, but New York scrapped it after the state itself met the criteria to qualify for the quarantine.

New York is requiring visitors from non-neighboring states to take a COVID-19 test.

New Jersey’s advisory now includes:

Alabama (added 6/24/20)

Alaska (re-added 9/1/20)

Arizona (re-added 10/20/20)

Arkansas (added 6/24/20)

California (re-added 10/27/20)

Colorado (added 9/29/20)

Florida (added 6/24/20)

Georgia (added 6/30/20)

Guam (added 8/25/20)

Idaho (added 6/30/20)

Illinois (added 7/28/20)

Indiana (added 7/21/20)

Iowa (added 6/30/20)

Kansas (added 7/7/20)

Kentucky (added 7/28/20)

Louisiana (added 6/30/20)

Maine (added 11/10/20)

Maryland (re-added 10/20/20)

Massachusetts (added 10/27/20)

Michigan (added 10/13/20)

Minnesota (re-added 9/22/20)

Mississippi (added 6/30/20)

Missouri (added 7/21/20)

Montana (re-added 9/1/20)

Nebraska (added 7/21/20)

Nevada (re-added 9/22/20)

New Hampshire (added 11/10/20)

New Mexico (re-added 10/6/20)

North Carolina (added 6/24/20)

North Dakota (added 7/21/20)

Ohio (re-added 10/13/20)

Oklahoma (added 7/7/20)

Oregon (added 11/4/20)

Puerto Rico (re-added 9/15/20)

Rhode Island (re-added 9/22/20)

South Carolina (added 6/24/20)

South Dakota (added 8/11/20)

Tennessee (added 6/30/20)

Texas (added 6/24/20)

Utah (added 6/24/20)

Vermont (added 11/17/20)

Virginia (re-added 10/13/20)

Washington (re-added 11/4/20)

West Virginia (added 9/8/20)

Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)

Wyoming (added 9/22/20)

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Places are deemed COVID-19 hot spots if any state or territory has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or if there’s a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

New Jersey has been well above the first criteria for weeks.

While violators of New York’s advisory have faced a possible $2,000 fine, New Jersey has never established fines. Instead, Murphy and other officials have asked people to practice “personal responsibility” and follow the order.

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CA Lawmakers Head To Hawaii Despite Coronavirus Travel Advisory

CALIFORNIA — An alarming surge in COVID-19 cases prompted California officials to issue a travel advisory last week. Still, some California legislators along with other states are planning to head to Maui this week for an annual conference, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The conference was set to gather at least 50 people, with more than half a dozen lawmakers coming from California. The event is sponsored by a nonprofit, the Independent Voter Project, and will be held at the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel in Wailea, the LA Times Reported. Travel expenses will be paid by the host, the Times reported.

In the past, the event has gathered up to 25 California legislators in past years. The gathering, according to the LA Times, has been scrutinized since it is partially funded and attended by parties of special interest including businesses and labor groups.

For this particular event, lawmakers are facing criticism for their decision to attend the event in the midst of a major spike in COVID-19 cases and just after the state urged its residents to stay local.

The first day of the conference coincided with the day that California officials moved some 40 counties back to the state’s strictest tier on the state’s COVID-19 risk assessing blueprint.

“Every age group, every demographic, racial, ethnic, in every part of the state we are seeing case rates increase,” Newsom said Monday. “We are seeing community spread broadly now throughout the state of California.”

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According to the LA Times, the chairman of the Independent Voter Project, Dan Howle, declined to identify which members of the California Legislature would be in attendance of the four-day event.

He only mentioned that “multiple members are attending from multiple states” including California, the Times reported.

“IVP decided to move forward based on the Hawaii Safe Travel program and agreement from the hotel to provide adequate social distancing spacing for seating at all meetings,” Howle told the LA Times in an email. “Based on that [program] and conversations with the hotel regarding guest safety we decided we could have a safe and secure event.”

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West Coast states issue travel advisory ahead of Thanksgiving

West Coast states are jointly asking anyone who arrives from out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days.



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West Coast states issue travel advisory ahead of Thanksgiving

The new advisories in California, Washington and Oregon are meant to discourage nonessential travel and apply to both residents and nonresidents.

The travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household, defining essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety and security.

The advisories reflect the reality that the coronavirus is spreading uncontrollably across the country, and are meant to dissuade large gatherings of people ahead of Thanksgiving.

But unlike some other states, quarantine is not mandated.

“COVID-19 does not stop at state lines. As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) said in a statement. “If you do not need to travel, you shouldn’t. This will be hard, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. But the best way to keep your family safe is to stay close to home.”

California on Thursday became the second state to hit 1 million cases, and its positivity rate has climbed to 4.2 percent in recent weeks.

Several cities in the state have imposed new restrictions amid rising case numbers, including San Francisco, which has prohibited indoor dining and reduced capacities in gyms and movie theaters. It has also frozen plans for schools to return to in-person classes.

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CA health officials issue COVID-19 travel advisory

If you were planning to travel for Thanksgiving, the State of California is asking you not to do so.

But if you must, the state Department of Public Health has issued a travel advisory urging travelers to the state to observe a 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival.

The advisory, which applies to California, Oregon and Washington, states that people traveling should limit their interactions to just those within their immediate household. The recommendation does not apply to those engaging in essential travel, such as those traveling for work, critical infrastructure support or for immediate medical care.

With coronavirus cases surging, the advisory encourages Californians to stay home or in their home region and to avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.

“We’re encouraging Californians to stay close to home,to avoid non-essential travel to other states, and frankly, across the state, if that’s avoidable,“ said Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly during a Friday press conference.

The state is recommending that families engage in virtual gatherings as much as possible.

The state travel advisory, which is a recommendation and not mandatory, differs from the approach taken by the state of New York, which has issued a mandatory two-week quarantine period for all non-essential travelers from non-bordering states.

Ghaly stressed that the advisory was just that.

“It isn’t a ban. It isn’t a restriction. It’s an advisory,” Ghaly said. “(Yet) we certainly hope that the fact that it’s an advisory doesn’t lessen the voice and the emphasis on how important it is.”

Ghaly said that the state opted for a voluntary approach, instead of something more restrictive, in part because of Californians’ exhaustion with coronavirus lockdown orders. He has begun using the term “COVID resentment” to describe what some are experiencing.

He said state officials still hope that other measures they recommend, including wearing masks and avoiding mixing with members of multiple households, will avoid more restrictions that could hurt California businesses.

Ghaly said it would be difficult to police a state of 40 million people, and that the preferred approach is to work in partnership with Californians on voluntary measures.

“We are not looking today at a statewide stay-at-home order. We know many Californians are fatigued and tired,” Ghaly said. “All of that said, this is a quickly, rapidly evolving situation. Certainly these rates of rise are very concerning.”

Ghaly said self-quarantine means people should only have contact with immediate family members with whom they have regularly had contact. People in quarantine should not have in-person contact with others outside of their household, he said.

“This isn’t the time to put our guard down,” Ghaly said.

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West Coast states issue travel advisory ahead of Thanksgiving week


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California, Oregon and Washington on Friday issued a joint travel advisory discouraging nonessential travel and urging visitors and residents returning from other states to quarantine for 14 days.

Essential travel under the advisory includes “work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety and security,” according to a Friday press release.

While other states such as Connecticut have mandated quarantine upon arrival for residents of high-risk states, California’s advisory falls short of a requirement. New York recently revised its quarantine order to exempt those from contiguous states and those who test negative at least 72 hours prior to arrival.

The California advisory applies to all out-of-state travel and visitors, including those from Oregon and Washington.

Context: The advisory comes as Covid-19 cases are increasing across California and the country. California just hit 1 million cases, and its positivity rate has climbed to 4.2 percent in recent weeks — a level not seen since early September, according to state Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly.

The Bay Area began considering a 14-day quarantine last week, Ghaly said in his Nov. 4 briefing. In the days since, nine counties have regressed to more restrictive reopening tiers, including two — Sacramento and San Diego — that entered the most restrictive purple tier. More than half of California residents are now living in purple-tier areas.

Los Angeles County, which remains in the purple tier, recommended Thursday that residents not travel out of state for the holidays and quarantine for 14 days upon their return if they do.

What’s next: Ghaly said during a press briefing on Monday that if the trends continue through the next week, more than half of California’s 58 counties will be moved into a stricter tier.

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California issues travel advisory ahead of holidays as COVID-19 surges

With coronavirus infections continuing to surge in California ahead of Thanksgiving, state officials are urging residents not to travel out of state for the holiday and recommending that those who do quarantine when they return.



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Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the travel advisory Friday in conjunction with his counterparts in Oregon and Washington.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold — 1 million COVID-19 cases — with no signs of the virus slowing down,” Newsom said in a statement. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. 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.”

However, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Friday that the advisory is just that — “it isn’t a ban; it isn’t a restriction.”

But, he added, “certainly if there’s any indication that the travel advisory needs to be strengthened, we will consider that in the days and weeks to come.”

The state’s advisory encourages residents to stay local and avoid nonessential out-of-state travel. It also asks those who arrive from another state or country to self-quarantine for 14 days.

“We’re encouraging Californians to stay close to home, to avoid nonessential travel to other states, other countries and, frankly, across the state if that’s avoidable,” Ghaly said.

Essential travel, as defined by the advisory, is “for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety and security,” according to Newsom’s office.

“COVID-19 does not stop at state lines. 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 statement. “If you do not need to travel, you shouldn’t. This will be hard, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. But the best way to keep your family safe is to stay close to home.”

The advisory comes after economic reopenings were rolled back in some parts of the state and it became clear that hard-hit places such as Los Angeles County would not see their restrictions eased for the foreseeable future amid the widespread COVID-19 pandemic.

In L.A. County, officials said this week that more drastic restrictions could be necessary if case rates continue to rise. On Friday afternoon, Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said Santa Clara County — Northern California’s most populous — would join San Francisco and order the closure of indoor dining. Other counties in the Bay Area are expected to follow suit.

“Every single action that people take is going to help keep people out of the hospital,” Cody said. “It’s going to keep us from needing to order up morgue

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California, Oregon, Washington Issue Advisory Discouraging Travel Two Weeks Before Thanksgiving

The governors in California, Oregon and Washington issued a joint travel advisory on Friday in response to the rising numbers of coronavirus cases in their states.



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A sign is posted for social distancing requirements at an American Airlines check-in area at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid the COVID-19 pandemic on October 1, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. On Friday, the governors in California, Oregon and Washington issued travel advisories discouraging residents from leaving home to visit friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The state leaders announced the joint advisory with just two weeks remaining until Thanksgiving and shortly after California became the second state to exceed 1 million infections since the start of the pandemic. The California Department of Public Health said the advisories were primarily intended to discourage “travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.”

“If you do not need to travel, you shouldn’t,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said in a news release. “This will be hard, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. But the best way to keep your family safe is to stay close to home.”

Those who do travel into one of the West Coast states from another part of the U.S. or from a country overseas are encouraged to quarantine for 14 days, according to the advisories. Meanwhile, residents of California, Oregon and Washington have been encouraged to stick close to home and refrain from interacting with people they do not live with to prevent further spread of the virus.

The governors added that rising case numbers will strain hospital systems already anticipating COVID-19 patient surges during the winter months.

New virus infections have risen across the U.S. and in several European countries over the past few weeks. The U.S. reported more than 100,000 new cases in a single day for the first time last week, a record that has since been broken multiple times. The nation set its latest record on Thursday with more than 153,000 new reported cases, according to a Johns Hopkins University data tracker.

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California’s total case count represents nearly one-tenth of the estimated 10.6 million cases that health officials have reported throughout the country. So far, Texas is the only other state that has also reported more than 1 million infections.

In anticipation of the travel and family gatherings that usually occur on Thanksgiving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines that encourage people to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently. The CDC’s guidelines also advise those who choose to celebrate the holiday with friends and family to bring their own food and utensils, limit their interactions and gather outdoors when possible.

The holiday typically triggers the busiest travel week of the year in the U.S., but fewer people are expected to travel this year because of the pandemic. According to projections that the American Automobile Association released

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