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Three States Included in DC’s List of High-Risk Areas


The District of Columbia updated its list of high risk states one more time on Monday, August 24, adding Hawaii, South Dakota, as well as Delaware, which was temporarily considered safe.

The list shows the states that have high numbers of coronavirus cases. Anyone who travels to DC from those states for non-essential purposes is required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

Delaware had been removed from the list along with Ohio and Washington state on August 10, after being included in the original list issued on July 27. Dale Cooke, the mayor of Dewey Beach, had slammed DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s decision, calling it a “mistake” back in June.

The DC Department of Health updates the “high-risk states” list every two weeks.

Individuals traveling from high-risk states for essential activities or arriving in the city for essential travel do not have to self-quarantine. But they must monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from their arrival. If they show signs or experience symptoms of the infectious disease, they are required to self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing.

Here’s the current list of high-risk states, according to DC Health:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin

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