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Coronavirus Latest: Maryland Officials Warn Against Non-Essential Travel To 35 States Due To COVID-19 Surge

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) -- Maryland officials are urging people to avoid any non-essential out-of-state travel to 35 states as coronavirus cases nationwide continue to climb and as the holidays approach.

During a news conference Tuesday evening, Gov. Larry Hogan outlined the details of an expanded travel advisory, under which Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or any state with average case rates above 20 per 100,000 residents.


Those states, based on a list from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, are:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania*
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia*
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., are exempt from the recommendation, according to the order.


Anyone who travels out of the state should get a COVID-19 test upon returning to Maryland and self-quarantine until getting the results, officials recommend. Employees who cross state lines for work daily and whose employers have COVID-19 screening protocols don't need to quarantine.

Read the full order here.

WATCH: Tuesday's Full News Conference

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department's website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ's coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

This story was initially published on Nov. 10, 2020.

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