Texas troopers will patrol La. border to help curb COVID-19 spread

Troopers will instruct travelers from Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days, and will log information on where they will stay while in Texas


James Barragán
The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN — A day after Gov. Greg Abbott ordered travelers from Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days when entering Texas by road, the Department of Public Safety said there will be no checkpoints on the state’s eastern border to screen travelers from that state.

“While the department will not discuss specifics related to its operational plans regarding enforcement, we can tell you that at this time, DPS will not be establishing checkpoints along the Texas/Louisiana border,” according to a written statement from the department. “However, the department will be increasing our patrols in these areas.”

Texas DPS troopers will be patrolling the Texas-Louisiana border in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Texas DPS troopers will be patrolling the Texas-Louisiana border in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo/TNS)

Abbott’s order said a violation of the self-quarantine is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, up to 180 days in jail, or both.

“It’s well-known, well-documented about the massive amount of COVID-19 not just in New Orleans but spreading out across the state of Louisiana,” Abbott said Sunday.

The order is the same as an earlier order for air travelers from New Orleans and New York, which has been extended to air travelers from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and any site in California and Washington state.

Exceptions to the order include commercial, military, health care providers, first responders and “critical infrastructure” workers.

The department said it was “vigorously enforcing” Abbott’s orders.

DPS troopers have been tasked with giving travelers handouts that lay out the self-quarantine restrictions and log information on where those people will stay while in Texas.

Those travelers are to proceed directly to their stated place of residence during their stay and cannot receive visitors unless they are medical professionals.

DPS Special agents will conduct unnanounced visits to the provided locations to verify that people are complying with the order.

The department did not answer questions about whether it would monitor roadways 24 hours a day or whether it has the staffing necessary for such an order.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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