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  • The New Jersey Department of Health increased the list of states under New Jersey's coronavirus travel advisory to 16 on Tuesday
  • The advisory requires anyone traveling from a hotspot state to New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving
  • California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida remain the four biggest hotspots for new daily coronavirus cases

New Jersey officials expanded the list of states under its travel advisory as coronavirus cases continue to rise daily in 36 states across the U.S. The travel advisory, issued on June 24, asks anyone traveling to New Jersey from a hotbed state to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving.

Connecticut and New York imposed similar travel advisories.

“The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. Travelers and residents returning from impacted 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 New Jersey Department of Health said on its website. “It is expected that individuals will follow the recommendation to self-quarantine.”

When New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued the travel advisory there were nine states on the list as hotspot states. The New Jersey Department of Health bumped the list up to 16 states as more states continue struggling against the virus’ spread.

The states on the list are:

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

Washington state is the only state to be removed from the list.

As of Tuesday, Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California were the four biggest hotspots for coronavirus as each state reports thousands of new cases daily. The surge has also forced several states to pause or outright reverse course with reopening, imposing lockdowns and mandatory mask orders to try and slow the surge in cases.

Long line of cars wait at coronavirus drive-through testing site in Miami Long line of cars wait at coronavirus drive-through testing site in Miami Photo: AFPTV / Olivier KANUTY