Traveling this summer? Pa. adds 2 states to COVID-19 quarantine list, bringing total to 20
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Travelers from several U.S. states are now being asked to quarantine if they come to Pennsylvania as the coronavirus continues to spread outside most of the Northeast.
The list of states now stands at 20 where COVID-19 test rates are higher than 10 positive cases per 100,000 residents or a state with a positivity rate higher than 10% over a seven-day rolling average.
Two states were added Friday. Among those were added were Missouri and Wyoming. Delaware, which had been previously added, was removed the list last.
The states that were already placed in that category are:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
The list of states is fluid though and will be updated regularly, according to the governor's office.
Essential workers — including truckers and others in transportation — are exempt.
"It’s really something that we’re doing to try to bring information to folks so that they can make informed decisions on their own," Gov. Tom Wolf said at a press briefing Friday. "If they don’t care about their family or their co workers, I think a majority of people aren’t there."
How are the travel restrictions in Pennsylvania being enforced?
Travelers are advised to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state. If they get tested while in Pennsylvania, they should self-quarantine until the results come in. If positive, they should self-isolate for 10 days.
In Pennsylvania, Wolf said travelers will be expected to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state.
"That’s up to each individual to, if you’ve gone to a state that we identify as a state that is of concern, and we keep changing that every week, then, you owe it to yourself, to your family, to your loved ones, to your co-workers, to self-quarantine," Wolf said.
In other states, New York, for example, has required air travelers to fill out forms detailing their local contact information and where they intend to quarantine. Those who don't fill out the form could face a $2,000 fine.
What determines which states are on the list of travel restrictions?
The quarantine recommendation applies to travelers from any state with a high rate of COVID-19.
There are two ways a state can make the list, both of which are measured on a rolling seven-day average:
- Having 10% of COVID-19 diagnostic tests come back positive
- Having at least 10 daily positive tests for every 100,000 residents
Wolf said states could be added and removed from the order as their COVID-19 rates rise or fall.