Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:58

West Coast States Announce 2-Week Travel Advisory to Contain COVID-19 Spread

Written by Tim Gruver, The Center Square


Three West Coast states are asking out-of-state visitors to self-isolate for at least two weeks to help slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new travel advisories were issued by the governors of California, Oregon and Washington on Nov. 13 and also applies to residents traveling home from outside the three states.


Residents are being urged to stay as close to home as possible during the holiday season as all three states grapple with rising case numbers.


“COVID-19 does not stop at state lines,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. “As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them.”


Non-essential travel, under the advisories, includes tourism or any other kind of recreational activity.


A new model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projected that the U.S. will have 320,403 deaths by Jan. 1 and 438,940 by March 1.


“Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians," said California Gov. Gavin Newsom. "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.”


State officials along the West Coast have warned that tight, poorly ventilated spaces on airplanes, buses or train are particularly prone to spreading the virus.


The travel advisories urge against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from outside the country.


The advisory recommends people to restrict social activities...

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