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In order to control the spread of COVID-19, even more, The Biden administration might consider requiring passengers to test negative when traveling domestically.
According to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a recent interview with “Axios on HBO” saying, “there’s an active conversation with the CDC right now [about requiring negative COVID tests to travel]. What I can tell you is, it’s going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine, and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out.”
Buttigieg says that the CDC is weighing all options to guide the final decision.
“What we know is that it’s the appropriate measure for international travel, people traveling into the US given some of those considerations. You know I’d say the domestic picture is very different, but you know the CDC is always evaluating what can best be done to keep Americans safe,” Buttigieg said.
CNN reported the new CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the requiring negative tests for domestic travelers could be helpful.
“To the extent that we have available tests to be able to do testing, first and foremost, I would really encourage people to not travel,” Walensky said in a White House briefing. “But if we are traveling, this would be yet another mitigation measure to try and decrease the spread.”
No word on when the final decision will be made but Buttigieg says it will be up to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Official State By State Rankings Of Coronavirus Cases
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3. California (138)
California has put out a new policy ending mass gatherings of 250+ people to slow the spread of coronavirus. We’ve been working with companies like Disney to meet it.@Disney has agreed to shut down their CA parks. Expect more to come… https://t.co/RlmTaFL2EK
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 12, 2020
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5. Florida (138)
— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) March 15, 2020
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7. Georgia (99)
There are currently 99 coronavirus cases in the state of Georgia.
Yesterday there were 64..
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) March 15, 2020
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9. New Jersey (69)
PSA: The Coronavirus is 34x as deadly as the flu. A man in New Jersey, 32 with no health issues, is physically incapable of speaking and is in critical condition. This is not the flu, not the cold. It’s a different breed of disease. Stop pretending this isn’t a big deal. It is…
— United States Coronavirus Updates (@USCoronaUpdates) March 12, 2020
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10. Illinois (64)
BREAKING: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will order all restaurants across the state to be closed to dine-in customers in a further attempt to curb the coronavirus. Delivery and drive up will remain open. This’ll be effective end of business tomorrow. @chicagotribune
— Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) March 15, 2020
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14. Oregon (36)
A man in his 70s has become the first person in Oregon to die from the new coronavirus. He had no known contact to a confirmed case and had not traveled to another country where the virus is circulating, the Oregon Health Authority says. https://t.co/uKwkU6rnfG
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 15, 2020
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17. North Carolina (32)
As of March 14 at 8:00 a.m., the state of North Carolina has a total of 680 public (i.e., non-commercial) #coronavirus test kits.
So the big question is, “Why don’t we have more tests?”
Here’s the situation:
— Sen. Jeff Jackson (@JeffJacksonNC) March 14, 2020
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18. Tennesse (32)
CORONAVIRUS CURE? Two researchers the University of Tennessee in Knoxville have discovered a chemical compound that, if it passes more testing, could be the cure to stop coronavirus and prevent it from spreading. https://t.co/IP9wwpwmc0
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) March 9, 2020
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20. Wisconsin (27)
Wisconsin coronavirus cases
Monday – 1
Tuesday – 3
Wednesday – 6
Thursday – 8
Friday – 19
Saturday – 26
— Kevin Flynn (@KevinFl79824320) March 14, 2020
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22. Connecticut (20)
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23. Rhode Island (20)
One of the first Americans to be diagnosed with Coronavirus (a 48-year-old man from Rhode Island) shares his experience with WSJ
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 11, 2020
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24. Indiana (19)
— Kelly Reinke (@KellyReinkeTV) March 15, 2020
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25. South Carolina (19)
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced all South Carolina schools will temporarily close starting Monday as the coronavirus health threat continues to grow.https://t.co/Gfq4KiaH3g
— WPDE ABC15 (@wpdeabc15) March 15, 2020
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26. Utah (19)
1st case of Coronavirus hits Utah man in Davis County. His efforts to protect himself & his home were…not very effective pic.twitter.com/esGokWFNqZ
— Golden Whetman (@dakicker11) March 7, 2020
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27. Iowa (18)
BREAKING: Iowa legislature to suspend session for 30 days amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— Eva Andersen – Local 5 News (@EvainIowa) March 15, 2020
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28. Nevada (18)
NEW: Trump cancels upcoming events in Colorado and Nevada due to coronavirus outbreak – NBC
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) March 12, 2020
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29. Nebraska (17)
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30. Arkansas (16)
BREAKING: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has Cancelled All Schools in Arkansas Starting Tuesday, Monday is Optional based on District. Will Remain Closed through all of March due to the CoronaVirus Outbreak.
— Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) March 15, 2020
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31. District of Columbia (16)
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield says there are over 500 coronavirus cases in the U.S. in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 9, 2020
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32. Kentucky (16)
First arrest for not self-quarantining #coronavirus in America.
I applaud the Governor of Kentucky!! @GovAndyBeshear!!
Shame on the man who didn’t self-isolate after testing positive! He should be publicly named and shamed! For his community’s protection! pic.twitter.com/KPW0Wne2cJ
— Theodore R. Smith (@hopeseekr) March 15, 2020
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33. New Hampshire (13)
SIX NEW CASES: The number of cases of the new coronavirus in New Hampshire has nearly doubled to 13 and dozens more tests are pending, state officials said Sunday.https://t.co/2LpgdhSXFl
— The Telegraph & NashuaTelegraph.com (@NashuaTelegraph) March 15, 2020
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34. New Mexico (13)
BREAKING: New Mexico officials announce students will not have to make up days from coronavirus school closures.
— Alyssa Meisner (@AlyssaCBS4) March 13, 2020
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36. Arizona (12)
BREAKING: Arizona declares state of emergency due to coronavirus
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) March 11, 2020
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40. Montana (7)
A lab in US state Montana produced new colored images of the novel #coronavirus (#SARSCoV2) on its scanning and transmission electron microscopes on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Source: NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories) pic.twitter.com/RTXPj09zhC
— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) February 14, 2020
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41. Oklahoma (7)
Oklahoma has 4 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. At least 37 cases awaiting test results.
Tonight Governor Kevin Stitt posted this picture and faced major criticism within the state and nationally. It’s deleted now. I’ve reached out to his office for comment. #Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/UZuGjvEKvg
— Tiffany Alaniz (@TiffanyAlaniz) March 15, 2020
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45. Hawaii (4)
CORONAVIRUS LATEST: The death toll in the U.S. has risen to 19. https://t.co/itZliPrlx7
—New York declared a state of emergency.
—A quarantine hotel in China collapsed.
—Utah and Hawaii confirm 1st cases.
—The Pope canceled Sunday prayer gathering.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 7, 2020
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46. Vermont (4)
Parents at two Vermont schools set up a fundraising campaign for janitorial staff who went “above and beyond” to sanitize their kids’ schools. Over $6,300 was raised for staff who worked tirelessly while the schools were closed. ❤️🇺🇸@standamericanow https://t.co/zqMJ5hCpgi
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) March 14, 2020
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47. Maine (3)
Today, @MEPublicHealth and I announced Maine’s first presumptive positive case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maine. We have been preparing for this since the end of last year. Now Maine has an opportunity to delay an outbreak and to minimize our exposure. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/QRW5SVtpYh
— Governor Janet Mills (@GovJanetMills) March 12, 2020
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48. Wyoming (3)
Georgia and Louisiana have delayed their primary elections. Wyoming has suspended its in-person Democratic caucus voting. Here are the latest updates on changes to the 2020 presidential race. https://t.co/tf1vFXvMJT
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 15, 2020
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49. Puerto Rico (3)
Coronavirus in US:
– US has about 3,400 confirmed cases, over 60 deaths
– Illinois and Ohio to temporarily shut down all bars and restaurants
– Ohio Department of Health says that ‘there are going to be multiple Wuhans in US’
– Puerto Rico to implement curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) March 15, 2020
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The CDC May Consider Requiring Negative COVID-19 Test For Domestic Air Travel
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