By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming residents visiting 15 states and Washington, D.C. are being asked to keep to themselves for two weeks.
But don’t take it personally. Wyoming is in good company, sharing the distinction with many other states that have have a relatively high number of coronavirus cases.
For instance, Connecticut is requiring that visitors from 36 states quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. Maine’s list is longer, covering 44 states including Wyoming.
Nine states require visitors from selected other states to quarantine for 14 days: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, Hawaii and Alaska.
The number of states identified as high-risk range from 34 in Rhode Island to Maine’s 44.Washington, D.C. is requiring visitors from 39 states to quarantine.
Vermont’s rules do not apply to visitors from specific states. Instead, its quarantine rules apply to anyone from a state with more than 400 active cases per 1 million residents. As of Monday, Wyoming had 2,458 active coronavirus cases, about 4,220 cases per 1 million.
Alaska and Hawaii have both adopted quarantine requirements that cover visitors from every other state in the nation.
A number of other states are just asking visitors from some states to stay off the streets for 14 days. Those include Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Kentucky is asking those from Wyoming and 10 other states to self-quarantine, New Hampshire’s request applies to anyone coming from states outside of New England. Visitors to New Jersey from Wyoming and 35 other states are asked to keep to themselves, while Pennsylvania identifies visitors from 25 states including Wyoming as candidates for quarantine.
But those looking for an option to staying locked inside a motel room do have an out — some of the states will accept a negative result from a coronavirus test taken with 72 hours of arrival within their borders as proof that the traveler is not contagious.