ANNAPOLIS, MD — Three states added Maryland to their coronavirus quarantine orders on Tuesday. When travelers from Maryland head to Connecticut, New Jersey or New York, they will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Maryland joins nine other states added to the travel advisories. Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia and Washington also landed on the quarantine orders of the three states. Minnesota dropped off all three lists on Tuesday.
To land on the trio's coronavirus quarantine mandate, states must have either:
More than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents in a single day.
Or an average positivity rate of more than 10 percent over seven days.
Maryland's 14 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents secured the state a spot on the quarantine mandates. The state reported 860 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday among its population of 6.1 million.
As long as Maryland registers more than 610 coronavirus cases per day, it will remain on the list of troubled states. Maryland has reported more than 610 cases on all but two days since July 12.
Maryland cases hit a temporary lull between the mid June and mid July. Prior to the July 12 surge, Maryland had not eclipsed the new case threshold since June 13, when the state clocked 692 infections.
Maryland's seven-day positivity rate sits at 4.49 percent. The weekly average rate has not eclipsed 5 percent since June 24, and it hasn't passed the 10 percent quarantine benchmark since June 1.
Visitors who break the travel order face different consequences in each state. Marylanders heading to New York could face a $2,000 fine if they fail to complete a traveler health form. The questionnaire asks visitors about their potential exposure to coronavirus, symptoms and lodging plans. This form helps New York with contact tracing if that person eventually tests positive for coronavirus.
Connecticut has threatened a $1,000 fine for travelers who break the state's quarantine mandate. New Jersey won't fine violators.
The three states agreed to follow the same quarantine restrictions on June 24. Maryland, on the other hand, has refused to impose a quarantine order on visitors from coronavirus hot spots. This is part of Gov. Larry Hogan's push to keep Maryland open for business while also gingerly moving forward with its recovery plan.
Maryland has 79,545 confirmed coronavirus cases. The virus has killed 3,272 Marylanders. There are 484 residents currently hospitalized with the virus.
Connecticut has fewer cases than Maryland, with 48,096. The state most recently counted 41 additional cases, leaving the Connecticut with a new daily infection rate of about one per 100,000 residents.
New Jersey had 177,256 cases, as of Saturday. The Garden State tallied 177 cases that day, giving New Jersey a daily rate of about two new infections per 100,000 residents.
New York's 408,181 infections are the most in the country. The Empire State reported 855 new cases on Monday. That's about four new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents.
More than 14.7 million people around the world have been infected by coronavirus. Global deaths from the virus total more than 611,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 3.9 million people have been infected, and more than 141,000 have died from coronavirus.
Residents can track which states are currently on the quarantine list at this link. Visitors traveling through the states for less than 24 hours do not have to self-isolate, nor do essential workers.
The 14-day quarantine helps slow the spread of coronavirus from troubled states. Coronavirus has a two-week incubation period, meaning somebody might not show symptoms for the first 14 days they are sick. If somebody does not show symptoms after 14 days, they are significantly less likely to have coronavirus.
As of Tuesday, travelers from these 31 states must quarantine for two weeks when traveling to Connecticut, New Jersey or New York:
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