3 West Coast states issue joint travel advisory as COVID-19 cases soar

Experts warn more measures may be ahead to slow this latest surge.

News 12 Staff

Nov 16, 2020, 12:44 PM

Updated 1,308 days ago

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Three West Coast states, including California, Oregon and Washington, have issued travel advisories.
The move comes as coronavirus infections soar ahead of what's normally the busiest travel period of the year.
Experts warn more measures may be ahead to slow this latest surge.
The governors of those states are urging people to avoid out-of-state travel, and if they leave the region they’re asking them to quarantine for 14 days once they return. 
The recommendations come as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are soaring with many states breaking daily records. 
"You see the cases rising. You have to do something to protect your constituents and to protect those that live in your state," says Dr. Richina Bicette, associate medical director at Baylor College of Medicine. State officials are also asking people to rethink their holiday plans. They are recommending not to gather in large groups beyond your own households, where the virus could easily spread. 
"Don't sneak in other households. Get a chicken instead of a turkey, or a small turkey. Do those things. To me, the mantra is two things: Don't share your air and don't do stupid things,” says Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Meanwhile, there is a hopeful projection from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who says the United States could start to move toward normal as early as April. 
"We can't just wish it happening. We've got to get the vaccine, it's got to be deployed and we can't abandon fundamental public health measures,” says Dr. Fauci. 


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