UPDATED: Here Are the States to Avoid Under Maryland’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Marylanders continue to be “strongly encouraged” 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.

In early November, Governor Hogan 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.

Maryland ended November in which the total number of reported infections crossed the 200,000 mark. With nearly 55,000 new infections in November, this is the highest number of infections most since the start of the pandemic. The state’s reported rolling-seven day positivity rate also grew to 7.33%. The new cases per 100,000 population increased to 34.44. This is the 21st day above 20 statewide and the 45th consecutive day above 10.

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 43 states that meet the health criteria advisory for the travel advisory as of Tuesday, December 1 and are shown in the following map:


Red highlighted states meet the health advisory criteria advisory as of Tuesday, December 1.


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.

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Useful Links

Maryland Department of Health: NOTICE – COVID-19 Advisory – Large Gatherings, Essential Travel, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Programs

Governor Hogan’s full Executive Order (November 11, 2020)

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