Gov. Abbott: Mandatory Quarantine For Certain People Visiting Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is issuing a mandatory quarantine for people visiting from several other states to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Abbott says the mandatory quarantine covers people traveling to Texas from New York's Tri-State area and New Orleans.

Travelers will have to fill out a form with the Texas Department of Public Safety designating their quarantine location and other identification details.

State troopers will then conduct visits to the quarantine locations. Travelers can not go outside or have visitors.

Violators could be fined or get 180 days in jail.

As of Thursday, Abbott said 1,400 Texans had tested positive for the virus -- less than 10-percent of the total who were tested. Eighteen Texans have died from the virus.

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