• By The Financial District


Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the California Department of Public Health issued a travel advisory saying that people entering the state should self-quarantine for 14 days, according to a KCRA 3 News report.

"The incidence of COVID-19 is increasing in many states and countries. Persons arriving in California from other states or Californians returning from other states or countries could increase the risk of COVID-19 spread," the travel advisory reads in part.

During the quarantine period, people should limit their interactions to their immediate household, according to the advisory, which applies to both visitors and Californians returning home.

The health department's recommendation does not apply to people who cross state or country borders for travel that's deemed essential. Essential travel includes travel that is for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

The advisory also encourages Californians to stay home or in their region and to avoid non-essential travel to other states or counties. It comes on the heels of California reaching the grim milestone of recording more than 1 million coronavirus cases.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a prepared statement. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”

The governors of Oregon and Washington state also issued travel advisories that urge against non-essential, out-of-state travel and ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.

“COVID cases have doubled in Washington over the past weeks. This puts our state in as dangerous a position today as we were in March,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement. “Limiting and reducing travel is one way to reduce the further spread of the disease. I am happy to partner with California and Oregon in this effort to help protect lives up and down the West Coast.”

COVID-19 is from the coronavirus family, which includes the common cold but also more serious illnesses like SARS and MERS.