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Delaware gov 'mad as hell' that state is on quarantine list

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney said he is “mad as hell” that residents of his state have once again been placed on a quarantine list issued by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Carney made the comment during a news conference Tuesday, saying that it “doesn’t make any sense” why people from Delaware must now quarantine for 14 days when traveling to the three states.

“We are better today than we were when we were first put on the list two weeks ago,” Carney said at the news conference. “And we are better today than we were last week when we were taken off the list. We shouldn’t be on the list.”

The advisory includes states if their seven-day rolling average of positive tests exceeds 10%, or if the number of positive cases exceeds 10 per 100,000 residents.

Delaware has a positivity rate of 4.2% and about 105 coronavirus cases a day on a five-day average, health officials said Tuesday. The governor believes Delaware was added back to the list for two days this month where there were more than 100 daily confirmed cases in the state.

“As I said to Govs. Cuomo and Murphy last week, we’re going to be on and off, unless we stop testing,” Carney said at the news conference, referring to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. “And we’re not going to stop testing.”

Delaware was taken off a quarantine list by the three states and Pennsylvania last week after Carney voiced opposition to the move. He also said the state was being “penalized” for its small population and expanding coronavirus testing.


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