Updated Guidance for Travelers Returning from Italy, South Korea, and Japan
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 4 announced revised guidance regarding travelers to Level 2 and 3 countries returning to the US and recommended procedures for reducing the risk of transmission of the virus associated with COVID-19. The CDC link for more information is: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers (click on the travel notice beside each country).
Travelers returning from Italy and South Korea are asked to self-quarantine (“stay home") for 14 days since the date of entry to the United States and self-monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Travelers returning from Japan are asked to limit contact with others and self-monitor for symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough or shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
If you have spent time in Italy or South Korea during the past 14 days:
- Stay home for 14 days from the time you return to the US and practice social distancing.
- If you get sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Do not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
Persons who have returned from travel to any of these countries are requested to notify the Concord Health Division at 978-318-3275 or Public Health Director Susan Rask at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Public Health Nurse will check in with you periodically to assess your health and if you begin to have symptoms you will be prioritized for COVID-19 testing.
CDC recommends everyone avoid all non-essential travel to Level 3 countries (currently China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) and that older individuals and those with chronic health conditions avoid non-essential travel to Level 2 countries (currently Japan).
Travelers with questions may call the Concord Health Division at 978-318-3275 or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health 24/7 Epidemiology Line at 617-983-6800. If you plan to travel, please check the CDC guidance for travelers which is being updated frequently: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers