New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Phil Murphy says that eight more states now meet the metrics under New Jersey’s travel advisory.

Murphy said Tuesday that visitors to the state from California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee should self-quarantine for two weeks. Those states join Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. New York and Connecticut also hold the same travel advisory.

The travel advisory 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, according to a governor's office news release. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis. 

People should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care or treatment or to get food and other essential items.

Travelers and residents returning from the affected states typically will not need to check-in with public health officials, unless otherwise they are involved in contract tracing efforts or required to do so by their employer or any other federal, state or local law or order.

The governor also announced 461 new cases of the virus, increasing the statewide total to more than 171,000. Forty-seven new deaths were reported. The total is now 13,181.

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