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Ducey orders 14-day quarantine for some airline passengers from outside Arizona

Anyone who travels from areas with "substantial community spread" to an airport in Arizona must "isolate or quarantine themselves" for 14 days, according to a new travel order issued Tuesday by Governor Doug Ducey. 

The order will got into effect Thursday at midnight, and will require people who hail from Connecticut, New Jersey or New York, or who travel through airports in those states, to quarantine themselves. 

On March 28, the CDC issued a travel advisory urging residents from those three states to avoid non-essential domestic travel for the next two weeks, as the federal government struggles to get a handle on the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has infected at least 392,594 people, and killed 12,621 people. 

In Arizona, around 2,575 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 73 people have died in the state. 

Under the order, the Arizona Department of Health Services will work with airport officials to put the order into effect, backed by law enforcement personnel, the governor's office said in a press release. If someone violates the governor's order, they could be subject to a misdemeanor charge, and be fined up to $2,500. 

"Slowing the spread of COVID-19 remains our top priority," said Governor Ducey. "Today’s action aligns with guidance from public health officials, while ensuring those traveling for essential functions can continue to do so. We will take all necessary precautions to keep Arizonans safe."

The order does provide exceptions for airline employees and military personnel, as well as healthcare workers, human services personnel, and people who are "either conducting essential infrastructure operations" or "essential governmental functions." 

However, the governor's office noted, these people should "follow guidelines from the CDC to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19, such as wearing non-surgical masks." 

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Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey during a press conference in Tucson on March 17, 2020.