California, Oregon & Washington Issue Travel Advisories

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In light of rising cases, West Coast states issue travel advisories recommending 14-day quarantines for inter-state and international travel; ask residents to stay local

SACRAMENTO – As COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the country, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued travel advisories today urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. The travel advisories urge against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country and encourage residents to stay local.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “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.”

In addition to urging individuals arriving from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, the states’ travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household. The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety and security.

“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 Governor Kate Brown. “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.”

“COVID cases have doubled in Washington over the past two weeks. This puts our state in as dangerous a position today as we were in March,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “Limiting and reducing travel is one way to reduce the further spread of the disease. I am happy to partner with California and Oregon in this effort to help protect lives up and down the West Coast.”

To learn more about the risk that travel itself poses for COVID-19 exposure, please visit the CDC page on travel risks.

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3 Comments

  1. Abe

    Notable to do this but as we have seen in new Mexico one of the lowest and last to increase in covid asking people to quarantine did not work. NM has had travelers from CA TX FL NY many not actually adhering to state mandatory mask and 14 day Quarantine. Now the covid count is on the rise and several testing postive as well as one of the first deaths were all from out of state. YOU MUST ENFORCE AND HAVE BORDER CHECKS WITH TRACKING !

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    • timothy stanton

      Get a life. Oh, no our Governor God say no life for you. Stay in your cave. All data over the last decade show that the hospitalization rate for flu never drops below 1% so criteria can never be met. Be afraid, very afraid for all you remaining years under this dictatorship.

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  2. Leslie Bonham

    Please issue a mandate that if someone flies or socializes in a large group, that businesses have a legal right to require them to get and pay for a COVID test before they can return to work or quarantine for 10 days without pay before returning to work. This issue has come up in a large number of businesses where younger people are inconsiderate and travel thus putting their coworkers at risk and owners of the businesses have no legal recourse to demand that these employees who have travelled get tested or quarantine. It’s really taxing the owners of these businesses that are already barely staying above water. This mandate needs to take effect NOW so as to prevent major problems over the Christmas and New Years Holidays.

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