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Rhode Islanders visiting Conn., N.Y., or N.J. no longer have to quarantine

A surfer entered the water on Bailey's Beach in Newport, R.I., on Aug. 4.
A surfer entered the water on Bailey's Beach in Newport, R.I., on Aug. 4.David Goldman/Associated Press

The governors of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey have lifted their orders that travelers from Rhode Island must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in their states, removing the Ocean State from the tri-state list of locales with relatively high rates of COVID-19 infections.

Those three states also removed Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio, and Washington from the list, but added Hawaii, South Dakota, and the Virgin Islands for a total of 33 states and two territories whose residents fall under the travel advisory’s restrictions.

Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey announced their joint travel advisory in late June to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Those states had experienced some of the highest rates of the illness in the country in March and April before successfully flattening the curve of new infections.

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A state is added to the list if it reports at least 10 average daily coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over the previous week or has an average 10 percent positive test rate over the same time period.

On Aug. 4, the same day that the three states imposed restrictions on Rhode Island, Massachusetts did the same, ordering travelers from its southern neighbor to quarantine upon arrival unless they were commuting for work or to run short errands or could provide negative COVID-19 test results.

Governor Charlie Baker said that decision came after Rhode Island’s positive test rate increased to surpass the 6 cases per 100,000 residents threshold that Massachusetts set as a target for limits on travel.

For its part, Rhode Island has 35 states and Puerto Rico on its travel restrictions list, which requires quarantine for visitors from areas with a positive test rate higher than 5 percent.