Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, after conferring with top doctors across the nation has issued an executive order that will affect anyone who travels to Texas from an airport in New Orleans and the tri-city area of New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.
For 14 days, anyone traveling to Texas from those airports will be isolated at a home or hotel away from the public and cannot go out in the public. Abbott said DPS troopers will enforce this.
“A form will designate your location, a hotel or residence and the person has to provide other identifying information,” said Abbott. “The Texas Public Safety Troopers will visit to make sure people are in compliance with the order.”
Violation of this order is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or 180 days in jail.
“Visitors cannot come in to a quarantined location or go out and visit anyone,” said Abbott.
He added troopers will visit the homes of those isolated.
If someone is traveling to Texas for less than 14 days, they still have to stay in isolation during that entire time.
Smith County officials said Thursday the number of cases remains at 21, which was announced Wednesday night. The Tyler Morning Telegraph will have other updates on individuals and businesses affected by a positive test.