Principal’s Post – Traveling Guidance

Travel and COVID-19

We have had a few questions regarding COVID and traveling over the holidays.  Most notably, people want to know if they have to quarantine after traveling.  Iowa does not currently have travel restrictions or specific orders, like some other locations.  Chicago, for example, requires visitors to quarantine and residents of Chicago to quarantine when they return from traveling themselves.  Davenport and Iowa do not have similar restrictions.

The following is guidance from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) and would be most applicable to Iowa and JFK.  Please note that for international travel, there are not too many countries that are not at the highest level (4) of restrictions.  Even the U.S. itself is a level 4.

Domestic and International Travel:

“You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You and your travel companions (including children) may pose a risk to your family, friends, and community. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting COVID-19 for 14 days after travel:

  • Stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you, particularly in crowded areas. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are in shared spaces outside of your home, including when using public transportation.
  • If there are people in the household who did not travel with you, wear a mask and ask everyone in the household to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness.
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.”

International Travel:

“If you participated in higher-risk activities during your international travel, take the actions listed above AND do the following after travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.”

“Higher Risk Activities

The following are some activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19:

  • Travel from a country or U.S. territory with a Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 Travel Health Notice.
  • Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
  • Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
  • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters.
  • Taking public transportation like trains or buses or being in transportation hubs like airports.
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.”

If you have questions, please email them to angie.hillebrand@olvjfkmail.com.  She and I will work together to get your questions answered.