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West Coast states issue COVID-19 travel advisories

Oregon, California and Washington Friday issued travel advisories due to an increasing number of coronavirus cases along the West Coast.

Governors from the three states are urging against non-essential out-of-state travel, and they are asking people who do choose to travel to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in another state or country.

The travel advisories also recommend that people limit their interactions to their immediate household only.

“COVID-19 does not stop at state lines. As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement. “If you do not need to travel, you shouldn’t. This will be hard, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. But the best way to keep your family safe is to stay close to home.”

Oregon Thursday reported 1,122 known coronavirus cases – the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic. California and Washington have also seen a growing number of cases.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement that COVID-19 cases have doubled in Washington over the past two weeks.

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Meerah Powell