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Travelers from more than half the U.S. are now being asked to quarantine if they come to New Jersey, New York or Connecticut as coronavirus continues to spread outside most of the Northeast, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday. 

The list of states now stands at 31 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.

Ten states were added Tuesday including nearby Maryland and Virginia. Delaware returned to the list, which drew a strong rebuke from Gov. John Carney who said he was "mad as hell." A full list is below:

Murphy said a few recent outbreaks in New Jersey can be attributed to people returning from states that are now considered hot spots.

The policy essentially works on the honor system and there is little, if any, in terms of enforcement. 

"I strongly encourage all individuals arriving from these hotspot states to proactively get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine,” Murphy said in a statement Tuesday.

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Carney said Tuesday adding his state to the travel advisories "doesn't make any sense."

Delaware health officials said Tuesday that the state has a COVID-19 positive rate of 4.2% and 105.3 cases per day, on a five-day average. Carney believes Delaware was re-added to the list because it had two recent days where there were more than 100 daily cases confirmed. 

"That makes no sense," Carney said. "We're better today than when we were first put on the list two weeks ago. And we're better today than we were last week, when we were taken off the list."

The list of states has more than tripled in less than three weeks as coronavirus continues to spread at a rapid rate outside of the tri-state area. 

Upon entering New Jersey, travelers are advised to voluntarily stay indoors for 14 days and go out only for medical care or to buy food and other essential items. Those who get tested in New Jersey can end their quarantine early if the results are negative.

But the quarantine advisory also allows for people "passing through designated states for a limited duration through the course of travel," which may exempt visitors from nearby states like Delaware or Maryland.

Business travelers are exempted as well as those who have less than a 24-hour layover. 

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NJ quarantine list includes 31 states

  1. Alaska
  2. Alabama 
  3. Arkansas
  4. Arizona
  5. California
  6. Delaware
  7. Florida
  8. Georgia
  9. Iowa
  10. Idaho
  11. Indiana
  12. Kansas
  13. Louisiana
  14. Maryland
  15. Missouri
  16. Mississippi
  17. Montana
  18. North Carolina
  19. North Dakota
  20. Nebraska
  21. New Mexico
  22. Nevada
  23. Ohio
  24. Oklahoma 
  25. South Carolina
  26. Tennessee
  27.  Texas
  28. Utah
  29. Virginia
  30. Washington
  31. Wisconsin 

Minnesota was taken off the list Tuesday.

Meredith Newman of the Delaware News Journal contributed to this article.

Scott Fallon covers the environment for NorthJersey.com. To get unlimited access to the latest news about how New Jersey’s environment affects your health and well-being,  please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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