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Travelers From NC to DC Must Quarantine

County map by cases on Monday. Source: NCDHHS

The mayor of Washington, D.C., issued an order Friday requiring that anyone coming into the district after traveling from a “high-risk state” such as North Carolina for “non-essential activities” self-quarantine for two weeks.

Those coming from high-risk states after essential travel or arriving in the district for essential travel are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days under Mayor Muriel Bowser’s order, which took effect Monday. Those showing signs or experience symptoms of COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing.

Mayor Muriel Bowser

The D.C. Department of Health on Monday listed North Carolina among 27 states considered high risk. High-risk states are those where the seven-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases is 10 or more per 100,000 persons. The list is effective until Aug. 10 when an updated list is to be posted on coronavirus.dc.gov.

North Carolina’s case rate per 100,000 is 1,069.9. As of Monday, the state has had 114,388 lab-confirmed cases. There were 1,625 new confirmed cases reported Monday and 1,169 were hospitalized as of Monday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Of coastal counties, New Hanover and Brunswick had the most Monday with 2,119 and 1,066, respectively.

The D.C. mayor’s order is to remain in effect through Oct. 9, or through the end of the district’s state of emergency.

Travel to and from Maryland and Virginia is exempt under the order.

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