Gov. Abbott Issues 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Crossing Louisiana-Texas Border

Texas Governor Abbott has issued a mandatory 14 day quarantine for travelers crossing the Louisiana Texas border.

Per Jason Whitely on WFAA:

Governor’s office clarified. Personal travel from Louisiana is NOT banned — but anyone entering from Louisiana must quarantine for 14-days.

Per Longview News Journal, Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday ratcheted up restrictions on travel from Louisiana, one of the growing hot spots for coronavirus in the U.S., and announced the state’s first pop-up hospital in Dallas to deal with the growing pandemic. He also said he was moving to “stop the release of dangerous felons” amid the outbreak.

The steps to both slow and manage the growing pandemic came the same day the state health department reported the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Texas was 2,552 — an increase of 24% from the previous day. Cases were reported in 118 counties Sunday, up from 111 Saturday. Statewide deaths related to the coronavirus increased by seven to 34.

Reported cases of COVID-19 have increased 619% in Texas in the span of a week, according to state health department numbers.

As cases have continued to explode in the Shreveport area and across Louisiana, Abbott said Sunday that state troopers will begin patrolling highway entry points at the border and require “everyone stopped” in those cars to also self-isolate. Abbott’s order requires drivers to fill out a form listing where they will quarantine in Texas.

But how aggressively Texas troopers will patrol incoming traffic wasn’t immediately clear. Hours after Abbott’s announcement, traffic both in and out of Texas was freely moving across the border at several locations checked. No state troopers were seen patrolling any routes, although multiple highway electronic signs in both directions on Interstate 10 warned drivers that “Personal travel from Louisiana must quarantine.’ “

The move to curtail travel from Louisiana came just two days after a previous executive order that requires a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone flying into Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans. Sunday’s order expanded the the quarantine requirements to those flying in from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago, as well as anywhere in California and Washington.

Abbott said the new travel restrictions will be enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety “at and near entry points from Louisiana.” The restrictions do “not apply to travel related to commercial activities, military service, emergency response, health response or critical infrastructure functions,” he said.