Governor Larry Hogan this week “strongly encouraged” Maryland residents to avoid non-essential out-of-state travel to states with a COVID-19 positivity rate above 10 percent or states with an average case rate of above 20 per 100,000 people over the past seven days.
As Maryland for the ninth consecutive day reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 infections — and a statewide positivity rate above 5 percent for the first time since June — Governor Hogan this week directed the Maryland Department of Health to issue an expanded public health advisory for out-of-state travel.
As contact tracing data has shown an uptick in confirmed cases connected to travel outside of the state, Marylanders are strongly advised to avoid traveling to any state with a COVID-19 positivity rate above 10 percent or average case rates above 20 per 100,000 people over the past seven days.
The state recommends any Maryland resident returning from out-of-state travel get tested before returning to Maryland or promptly upon arrival. Any Marylander who travels to one of the states on the travel advisory should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results.
The 35 states that meet the health criteria advisory for the travel advisory as of Wednesday, November 12 and are shown in the following map:
Click here for a list of state COVID-19 test positivity rates can be found here.
Click here for a list of state COVID-19 case rates per 100,000 over the past seven days.
The Maryland Department of Health order exempts employee commuters who leave or enter the state on a daily basis and have work-based COVID-19 screening procedures. However, employees who occasionally travel to or from Maryland for work-related purposes should, to the extent reasonably practicable, comply with the quarantine and testing recommendations, according to the order.
Governor Larry Hogan also announced a statewide order to reduce indoor dining capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent. State health officials also issued a public health advisory strongly discouraging indoor gatherings of 25 people or more.
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