HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania officials are recommending that people who have visited or plan to visit a state with a high number of COVID-19 cases should stay home for 14 days when they return.

According to a state Department of Health news release, people should quarantine for 14 days upon return if they visit:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut recently issued a travel advisory that requires visitors from states with high infection rates to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The quarantine in those states applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The Department of Health in its news release urged people to avoid large gatherings and to wear masks around other people to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine signed an order Wednesday requiring people to wear masks in public places where social distancing is not possible.

The department is encouraging residents to continue to practice social distancing and other preventive measures, including washing your hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning surfaces often, wearing a mask and staying home if you are sick to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Although it is the holiday weekend, Pennsylvanians should refrain from attending large gatherings, and if you do go out and interact with others, wear a mask,” Dr. Levine said. “My mask protects you, and your mask protects me. Wearing a mask shows that you care about others, and that you are committed to protecting the lives of those around you.”

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