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Coronavirus: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Orders Mandatory Quarantine For People Flying From New York

Updated on March 28, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott Issues Corona Virus Pandemic Quarantine

Coronavirus Quarantine To Last 14 Days For New York Fliers

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday afternoon issued an executive order requiring quarantine for anyone flying into Texas from New York, according to Dallas NBC TV affiliate Channel 5. The quarantine order does not apply to people driving into Texas from New York.

Coronavirus Quarantine Requires Registration With Department Of Public Safety

Governor Abbott's order also requires anyone flying into Texas from New York to register with the Texas Department of Public Safety. They must then immediately quarantine themselves at home or in a hotel for 114 days or until they leave the state, which ever happens first.

Quaranatine Includes Fliers From New Orleans

Abbott further said the quarantine also applies to anyone flying in from New Orleans as well as the New York Tri-State area. Abbott, who had an extraordinary career as Texas Attorney General, before being elected governor, said, "During this period, a quarantined person shall not allow visitors into or out of the designated quarantine location, otheer than a physician or healthcare provider, and cannot visit any public spaces. "The New York Tri-State Area and the City of New Orleans have become major centers of this pandemic, and it is vital that we take necessary precautions to prevent additional exposure that could originate from people traveling from these areas to Texas."

Criminal Penalties For Violations Of Coronavirus Quarantine

Abbott is taking the coronavirus invasion seriously. He has directed the DPS to check up on quarantined people under this order. People discovered to have violated the order could face a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail.

Coronavirus Quarantine In Line With CDC And White House

The 48th governor of the Lone Star State said this most recent executive order is intended to achieve goals set out by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the White House. This is all part of the war the entire nation is waging against the COVID-19 virus.

Exceptions To Greg Abbott's Coronavirus Order

The governor's order to self-quarantine does not apply to certain situations. Exceptions include people traveling in connection with military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).

New York Fliers Must Fill Out Forms

Governor Abbott further said, "People flying in from the New York Tri-State area and New Orleans will have to fill out a form provided by DPS to identify where they will quarantine. This is to allow DPS troopers to conduct unannounced visits to the designated quarantine location so compliance may be verified.

Airport Officials Co-operate With Abbott's Coronavirus Order

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport officials in Austin told KVUE recently they are working with airlines to advise passengers of the new mandate. Air traffic controllers will notify the flight crew to make an announcement before anyone gets off the plane.

AUS will continue to prepare to comply with the mandate, beginnig Saturday," the airport said in a statement.

Austin is the capital of Texas. Governor Abbott resides in the Governor's Mansion there.

Greg Abbott Says Connecticut And New Jersey Fliers Included

Governor Abbott further said the Tri-State area includes New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Also included is New Orleans, La.

Abbott further said, "This is using every possible strategy to reduce the spread. I am proud of Texans. I know it's difficult but I also know that each day we get closer to putting this behind us."

Coronavirus Numbers In Texas

Texas is conducting between 2,000 and 5,000 corona virus tests every week.As of March 26, 1,425, there were positive corona virus cases.

So far, 21, 424 tests have been conducted.

There have been 18 deaths due to corona virus in Texas.

Out of a total of 245 counties, 90 have identified corona virus

President Donald Trump Declares Major Disaster Declaration For Texas

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas. This will expand the resources available to Texas and speed the state's ability to robustly respond to the virus.

Greg Abbott Tweets Of Major Disaster Declaration

On Wednesday, Governor Abbott tweeted a response to President Trump's granting of Major Disaster Declaration in Texas. He tweeted, "GREAT NEWS. President Trump just granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas. This will expand the resources available to Texas and speed our ability to robustly respond to #corona virus."

Other Corona virus Action By Governor Greg Abbott

On Tuesday, Governor Abbott recommended Texans stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19. according to the CBS Dallas TV affiliate.

He further said on Tuesday he was issuing two executive orders, one to postpone all medical procedures that are not urgent so there enough beds for people with COVID-19.

Abbott's Order Concerning Hospital Beds For COVID-19

Abbot also issued an order that medical procedures which are not urgent be postponed, so enough beds are available for COV-19.

Another order requires the state and every private sector tester of COVID-19 quickly submit information to the CDC.

Abbott Shuts Schools And Dine-In Restaurants

Previously, Governor Abbott temporarily shut down schools and stopped dining at restaurants to mitigate the corona virus pandemic. This order also included a recommendation the public avoid going to bars or visiting gyms and massage parlors.

Governor Abbott Postpones Elections

Governor Abbott also has issued a proclamation postponing the runoff primary election scheduled for May 26 until July 14 as part of his effort to stop spread the COVID-19, according to Dallas-Fort Worth Television affiliate NBC, Channel 5.

This is a wise move in that it will prevent large groups of people from gathering in large clusters while they vote at the polls.

District 13 Runoff Delayed

The delay will also affect the runoff in U.S. Congressional District 13. Dr. Ronny Jackson, former doctor to President Donald Trump, is running in that election. Dr. Jackson has recently appeared on several national news shows discussing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why Quarantine People From New York City For Corona Virus Pandemic?

Why is Governor Abbott singling out travelers from New York for corona virus quarantine? Simply put, New York City is the epic center of the corona virus pandemic.According to an article in the New York Times newspaper today, the Big Apple had suffered 365 deaths as of yesterday.

Corona Virus Pandemic Effect On New York City Tragic

According to the same New York Times article, New York City has recorded more than 23,000 cases. The city's death toll has climbed to 450.

New Yorkers Die At Rate Of One Every 17 Minutes

For the past two days, New Yorkers have been dying at a rate of one every 17 minutes, according to an article in today's New York Post. On both Thursday and Friday, another 84 people died in the city from corona virus.

Connecticut Party Zero Spread Corona Virus Pandemic

About 50 people gathered this month for a party in the upscale suburb of Westport, Connecticut. Many of them scattered across the world and the the region, taking the corona virus with them, according to a recent article in the New York Times.

It was March 5 at a home in which the guests gathered to toast the hostess for her 40th birthday. More than half of the attendees at the soiree are now infected. The party attendees then left that evening for destinations such as Johannesburg, Africa and New York City. They took the highly contagious disease with them to New York City, other parts of Connecticut and South Africa.

There were no reported cases in Connecticut before the party. Now, there are 85 cases after the party the state which borders New York.

New Orleans Latest Corona Virus Pandemic Hotspot

New Orleans is the latest hotspot for corona virus, according to WDSU television news. Authorities have indicated they suspect Mardi Gras revelers in New Orleans may be the source in the Bayou State. There have been 2,746 pandemic cases in the state with 119 deaths reported. There are 1,170 cases in the Crescent City with 119 deaths in the state.

Arthel Neville asked the mayor of New Orleans today on Fox News if she would have canceled Mardi Gras on Feb. 25 had she known more about the corona virus at that time. The mayor replied that she was interested in the present and the future.

New Orleans made a lot of money off Mardi Gras.

Greg Abbott Battles Corona Virus Pandemic In Texas

Greg Abbott Quarantine Actions A Wise Move

The decision of Governor Abbott to order the quarantines applying to travelers from New Orleans, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut is a wise one. With the invisible disease spreading at an an alarming rate in these other areas, Texas is fortunate to have a governor who acts decisively and quickly in times of crisis to protect its people.


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    • EdwardLane profile imageAUTHOR

      Edward Lane 

      8 weeks ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Thanks for the kind words, Mel. Hope we’re through virus soon!

    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 

      8 weeks ago from San Diego California

      I think it's long past time for governors to stop acting individually and to have some sort of coordinated national policy. I admire your governor for taking tough action, but Texas does not exist in a vacuum and neither does California, where I reside.

      Great article.

    • EdwardLane profile imageAUTHOR

      Edward Lane 

      2 months ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      I think that’s a great idea for you to write a novel. If you use Calcutta as the setting, I believe a lot of people in the United States will read it. Let me know how your novel goes.

    • EdwardLane profile imageAUTHOR

      Edward Lane 

      2 months ago from Wichita Falls, Texas


      I look forward to reading your article. I’m betting it will be interesting! You can provide the unique perspective of someone in Calcutta. It’s a famous city which has always intrigued me.

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      Bharat Sharan 

      2 months ago from Dhanbad

      Hie Edward. I'm basically an English language teacher. I studied in an American missionary school of Calcutta. I love English, want to become a good writer and write a novel.

      What about writing on criminal cases in which you're an expert?

    • bsharan12 profile image

      Bharat Sharan 

      2 months ago from Dhanbad

      I've just submitted an article on 'coronavirus' last evening. Don't know how good or bad it is.

    • EdwardLane profile imageAUTHOR

      Edward Lane 

      2 months ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Thank you Bharat. What type articles do you write?

    • bsharan12 profile image

      Bharat Sharan 

      2 months ago from Dhanbad

      Hie Edward! I'm a new-bee in hub pages, but I've read your article. It's very informative. It is a must for the wellbeing of humanity at large. I've become your fan. Please read my articles whenever you are free..

    • EdwardLane profile imageAUTHOR

      Edward Lane 

      2 months ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Yes, it’s scary, but the governor had to do this.

      The first cases to my city came from travelers from New York via the Dallas airport.

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      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      This is scary news but I guess it's inevitable. What's the choice anyway?

    • EdwardLane profile imageAUTHOR

      Edward Lane 

      2 months ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      We’ve had 23 cases here in Wichita Falls, but they say it will be worse. I was born in San Francisco, so I am familiar with your area. Seems like everything grows in California. So beautiful out there. Stay safe. Blessings,


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      Denise McGill 

      2 months ago from Fresno CA

      It is a scary time. California has been on lockdown quarantine now for 2 weeks and probably will for another 2 weeks. Graduations have been canceled and all church meetings or any other gathering. Here in the San Joaquin Valley, we have had 3 deaths already and some 50 confirmed cases. It could get worse.




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