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Texas Governor Orders Self-Quarantine for Travelers From Louisiana

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Effective as of March 30, 2020 at noon, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has issued an executive order which restricts road travel from neighboring state Louisiana into Texas. This order is in response to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. To enforce this order, state troopers will be halting and requiring a 14-day self-quarantine of motorists, and others entering the Lone Star State.

Late afternoon the previous day, the Texas Governor expanded an executive order already in place. The update requires all people who are traveling into Texas by road from Louisiana to self-quarantine. As of Sunday, March 29, Louisiana had 3,540 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 151 deaths.

Texas Governor Orders Self-Quarantine for Travelers From Louisiana

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Allowed as usual are emergency responders, participants in commercial activity, and those with critical infrastructure responsibilities. However, according to the Texas Department of Emergency Management, those workers needing to travel back and forth over the Texas-Louisiana border must get a letter from the state. Letter requests can be sent via email to [email protected] and must note information such as place of employment, type of industry, and job title. Upon receipt, the approval letter will need to be carried at all times, along with company ID or badge. Requests to show these items will be made at the state border.

Gov. Abbott had previously required those flying into Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the city of New Orleans to self-quarantine for 14 days. Updates to this list now include travelers from cities Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, and states California and Washington to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Texas Governor Orders Self-Quarantine for Travelers From Louisiana

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COVID-19 or coronavirus is a pandemic with affected persons experiencing a range of mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath may appear 2-14 days after exposure. To prevent the spread, often wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your face and contact with others. Overall, stay home as much as possible, plus disinfect surfaces daily such as phones, doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, and faucets. First, clean dirty surfaces with soap and water, then disinfect.

Also on March 29, 2020, Governor Abbott announced a new waiver request from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) requesting flexibility for Medicaid services to alleviate potential shortages in the health care workforce.