As we approach the holiday season and many people begin to plan for celebrations and related travel, WVU wants to remind faculty, staff and students to stay vigilant in protecting themselves and others from the potential spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 cases continue to increase at an alarming rate across West Virginia and the U.S., and small household gatherings and travel have been identified as significant contributors to this rise in cases.
As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shared guidance on how holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep your friends, families and communities healthy and safe. Highlights include:
Travel and Overnight Stays
Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. However, if you decide to travel, know the risks and follow WVU’s travel guidance.
Anyone traveling outside of West Virginia is subject to a five-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. This does not include commuting to work.
Faculty, staff and students also should avoid traveling to potential hotspots and high-risk locations (e.g., beaches, amusement parks, large in-person gatherings, such as concerts or sporting events, etc.). If you choose to travel to one of these locations, you should adhere to the five-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period requirement.
If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 during travel or have a close contact who has been exposed during travel, stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days and avoid others as much as possible. You also should consider getting tested for COVID-19.
Due to the nature of their work, WVU clinical faculty, residents and fellows should continue to follow the WVU Medicine guidelines on travel.
Visit the CDC website for more information on reducing risks during holiday gatherings. Visit the Return to Campus website for latest travel guidance for students, faculty and staff.
Another great resource is the Guidance for Safe Holiday Celebrations and Holiday Travel, which is available on West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources website.