DC adds Delaware back to high-risk state list

D.C. updated its list of high-risk coronavirus states. (Courtesy DC government)

If you had your heart set on fun in the sun as summer starts to wrap up, you might want to rethink that: D.C. health officials added Delaware back to the District’s list of high-risk states Monday.

The updated list comes ahead of Labor Day, when a lot of people from the D.C. region visit the Delaware beaches.

Anyone coming into the District from a high-risk state is being told to self-quarantine for 14 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m sorry to hear that we’re back on the list,” Dewey Beach Mayor Dale Cooke told WTOP. “We’ve been on and off so many times in so many different areas that the scores change daily, and we’ve kept the scores down pretty low here.”

“I certainly am sorry that they felt it necessary to put us on a quarantine list.”

Cooke said the number of visitors coming to Delaware is down for the season.

He hopes Delaware gets off the list soon, “but we understand the logic behind it,” he said. “We understand what drives the powers that be to create lists, because they’re trying to protect their people, just like we’re trying to protect the people that visit here.”

The other states added to the list are Hawaii and South Dakota.

D.C.’s list of high-risk states:

  • 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

D.C.’s list will be updated again Sept. 7.

The full details of D.C.’s order are available online.

More Coronavirus news

Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C.

WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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