8 states added to COVID travel advisory for tri-state area
0.HARTFORD — The number of states subject to the tri-state coronavirus travel advisory for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey has doubled to 16 states, including California
The three states updated the list of affected states for the first time Tuesday since Gov. Ned Lamont, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy jointly announced the regional policy last week. No states on the initial list were dropped.
Any travelers from states that meet either of the two thresholds on coronavirus infection rates are being told they have to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey.
The eight states that added to the coronavirus watch list are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee.
The initial eight states remaining on the list are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Texas.
The tri-state travel advisory applies to any state that has a new daily positive test rate for COVID-19 higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
In addition to out-of-state visitors, the advisory covers Connecticut residents who are returning from a listed state.
There are no exceptions at this time. Lamont indicated Monday that this remains a topic of discussion. He favors adding an exemption for visitors who can document they have tested negative within three days of arrival.
In Connecticut, compliance is voluntary. The state’s advisory strongly urges visitors to Connecticut from listed states to self-quarantine.
The Lamont administration is working on getting a count of air travelers arriving at Bradley International Airport from listed states. Figures are expected to be announced next week.
The travel advisory does not apply to passengers flying to Connecticut on connecting flights that stop in high infection states before arriving here