Two more states were added to New Jersey’s travel advisory relating to the coronavirus, bringing the total to 43 states and territories.
The update continues the state’s policy originally developed with Connecticut and New York, even as the latter recently altered theirs for a more active approach in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.
New Jersey’s updated advisory includes the addition of Oregon and Washington. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Travelers from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory.
States on the List
Besides the two new additions, the advisory applies to Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; New Mexico; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; West Virginia; Washington; and Wyoming.
Neighboring states Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware now meet the criteria for New Jersey’s travel advisory. Due to the interconnection of the region and mode of transport between the three states, the state is not mandating 14-day quarantine in all instances.
New York Policy
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently altered its advisory, requiring travelers to take a COVID-19 test instead of having to quarantine for 14 days.
Travelers to the state will be required to get tested for COVID-19 within three days of their departure. Then, they will have to quarantine in New York for three days before being allowed to get tested again on the fourth day. If both tests are negative, they will be allowed to leave quarantine.
New Yorkers who leave the state for less than 24 hours will be required to fill out a traveler information form when they return and get tested four days after coming back, but will not have to quarantine or complete any pre-departure testing.
Gov. Phil Murphy said despite New York’s alteration, the state’s approach will remain the same. The governor continued to encourage people not to travel, especially with the holiday season ahead.
“We’re just asking people if you don’t have to travel, just flat out don’t travel, period,” said Murphy. “This is an uncommon year and this won’t be the year for traveling to large family gatherings. As I’ve said before, this is the year to gather around a smaller table so we can hope to be able to gather around a bigger one next year.”
New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli added, “There’s so much widespread disease, don’t travel if you don’t need to. That’s the safest situation, not only for yourself but for people you come in contact with. But we do kick the tires, we’re looking at the travel advisory every week and we’ll make changes as we need to.”
As of Nov. 3, the cumulative number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey reached 245,257 with 2,472 total new cases reported and nine new deaths, bringing that total to 14,591. The state listed probable deaths at 1,800, bringing the overall total to 16,391.
For North Jersey counties, Essex had a total of 356 new cases, Bergen 212 new cases, Passaic 188 new cases, Hudson 185 new cases, Morris 145 new cases, Warren 16 new cases and Sussex 10 new cases.
State officials noted 13 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 1,919, followed by Bergen at 1,822, Hudson with 1,378, Passaic at 1,124, Morris at 695, Sussex at 162 and Warren with 158.
In regards to probable deaths, Bergen has 245, Essex has 230, Hudson has 158, Morris at 145, Passaic at 141, Sussex has 36 and Warren has 13.
The daily rate of infections from those tested as of Oct. 29 was 5.3%. By region, the North has a rate of 5.8%, Central at 4.1 and the South at 6.5%. The state is no longer using serology tests as health officials explained those results show a past presence of the disease as well as a current one.
As for the rate of transmission, it declined to 1.27 from 1.28 the day before. Officials have continually cited transmission rate and positivity rate as health data they rely on to track how the coronavirus is being contained in New Jersey, guiding them in determining when restrictions have to be tightened or lifted.
Officials reported 1,213 patients are hospitalized; by region, there were 638 in the North, 288 in the Central and 287 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 238 are in intensive care units and 80 on ventilators, while 163 patients were discharged.
Bergen Tops County Count
Bergen has the most cumulative cases in the state with 26,065, followed by Essex at 26,053, Hudson at 24,103, Middlesex at 23,225, Passaic at 21,734, Union at 21,265, Ocean at 17,180, Monmouth at 14,692, Camden at 12,328, Mercer at 9,624, Morris at 9,691, Burlington at 8,961, Somerset at 6,726, Gloucester at 5,852, Atlantic at 5,524, Cumberland at 4,123, Sussex at 1,801, Warren at 1,676, Hunterdon at 1,692, Salem at 1,206 and Cape May at 1,167.
Another 569 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 28 outbreaks involving 122 cases have been reported in 15 of the 21 counties in the Garden State, up from 25 outbreaks involving 111 cases a week previous. For North Jersey, Bergen County has three confirmed outbreaks with nine cases, Passaic County has one confirmed outbreak with nine cases, Hudson County has one confirmed outbreak with four cases, and Sussex County has one confirmed outbreak with two cases.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 193 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 4,719 of the cases, broken down between 2,606 residents and 2,113 staff.
Cumulatively, 837 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 25,711 residents and 14,257 staff, for a total of 39,968 cases.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,230 on Nov. 4. The facilities are reporting to the state 6,856 residents deaths and 121 staff deaths.