Southern states report record coronavirus surges

  • Southern states report record coronavirus surges

Southern states report record coronavirus surges

The update to the self-quarantine advisory, effective July 1, applies to people coming to MA from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey stopped short of ordering new restrictions but said the state would slow plans to reopen.

"We believe this change reflects the facts on the ground and is consistent with the Commonwealth's approach to COVID-19 standards", Baker said. He said he would like to see MA travelers who are leaving the state staying within the Northeast in states where transmissions are low, but there is no guidance on the matter.

Travelers who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are instructed to not travel to MA.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will impose two-week quarantines for out-of-state travelers, and that those who do not comply could face fines, according to the New York Times. "It's been hard, difficult, and frustrating", Baker said.

"There are real constitutional issues associated with limiting travel between states", he said.

MA has seen COVID-19 cases fall gradually since its surge in mid-April. Saturday marked the fifth consecutive day new coronavirus cases in Texas topped 5,000. Since the pandemic began, the state has recorded 108,768 cases, and 8,095 deaths.

John Hopkins University reports that the USA has close to 2.5 million confirmed cases and over 125,000 deaths from COVID-19. MA is in the latter half of Phase 2, meaning beaches, retailers and restaurants can reopen with safety workplace protocols in place.

"There are places in this country that have let down their guard and the virus has come roaring back", Baker said.

Florida and Arizona recorded daily highs for cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, highlighting the worsening spread of the virus in several southern and western states, some of which are taking steps to roll back their reopening plans.

All visitors and residents of MA are also reminded that the use of masks or face coverings in public places where individuals can not socially distance from others remains required.