Texas begins patrols near Louisiana, but enforcement unclear

Two Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper vehicles sit next to a welcome sign Monday, March 30, 2020, in Orange, Texas, near the Louisiana state border. Texas is ratcheting up restrictions on neighboring Louisiana, one of the growing hot spots for the coronavirus in the U.S. Just two days after Texas began requiring airline passengers from New Orleans to comply with a two-week quarantine, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said state troopers will now also patrol highway entry points at the Louisiana border. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


ORANGE, Texas (AP) — Texas is now requiring drivers who cross over from neighboring Louisiana to self-isolate for two weeks. But there were few clears signs Monday of how the order was being enforced as traffic moved freely across state lines. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s order Sunday ratcheted up attempts to isolate travelers coming from areas in the U.S. where coronavirus caseloads are rising fastest. Nearly 2,900 people in Texas have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.