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What You Need to Know: Travel

Students and employees are expected to limit travel and follow University self-quarantine guidance if they travel outside West Virginia.

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Travel Risks

  • Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Airports, bus stations, train stations, hotels, food stops and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also spaces where it can be hard to physical distance.
  • Even though you may feel well and have no symptoms, you can be contagious and spread the virus to others for 14 days after you were exposed. Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
  • Traveling to visit family may be especially dangerous if you or your loved ones are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19.
  • While you are traveling, it is possible a state or local government may put into place travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures. Check each state and location’s cases and travel restrictions before you travel.
  • Some types of travel and activities can put you at a higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. Examples of these activities and situations include:
    • Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19. Check each state and location’s cases before you travel.
    • Going to large social gatherings like a wedding, funeral or party.
    • Attending mass gathering like a sporting event, concert or parade.
    • Being in crowds.
    • Traveling in confined spaces such as on a plane, train, bus, cruise ship or boat.

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Important information

Protect Yourself and Others While Traveling

The CDC and West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources offers specific guidance for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home, and including when using public transportation.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
  • Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

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WVU Travel Guidelines

The University strongly discourages any student or employee from personal travel to locations other than their home and campus. There is ongoing transmission of COVID-19 within the U.S. and in international destinations.

Business Travel

  • University-related international and domestic business travel for WVU students and employees will be extremely limited and require prior approval by the unit's vice president or dean of the college/school.

Personal Travel

  • Anyone traveling outside of West Virginia is subject to a 5-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. This does not include commuting to work.
    • While the 5-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period requirement does not include commuting to work for faculty and staff who live out of state, these employees 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.) within their home state.
    • If an employee chooses to travel to one of these locations, they should adhere to the 5-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period requirement.
    • College deans, vice presidents and HR directors may provide exemptions to this requirement if the travel is deemed justifiable and of low risk, and post-travel quarantine will create a hardship to the individual or the unit involved.
  • If you have been 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 a 14-day period and avoid others as much as possible.
  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19.

Guidelines for Clinical Faculty, Residents and Fellows

Self-Quarantine After Travel

  • Stay home and self-quarantine/self-monitor for symptoms for a 5-day period and avoid others as much as possible.
  • If you have been 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 a 14-day period and avoid others as much as possible.
  • Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19.
  • If a self-quarantine/self-monitoring period is required after travel, employees must notify their supervisor and work with them for a remote work assignment.
  • If a remote assignment is not available, contact your HR Partner for additional options.

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WVU Medicine Travel Guidelines

Due to the nature of their work, WVU clinical faculty, residents and fellows will follow WVU Medicine guidelines on travel:

  • For domestic travel: An employee who visited a domestic location and who is asymptomatic can return to work with no restrictions. The employee will be required to wear a face mask and self-monitor for symptoms.
  • For international travel/cruise ship travel: An employee who visited an international location or was on a cruise ship, prior to starting or returning to work, must:
    • Self-quarantine/self-monitor for 14 days (preferred option)
    • If 14 days is not feasible, they must self-quarantine/self-monitor for 5 days, then return to work with a face mask for the next 9 days.

Other faculty, staff and students should follow WVU Travel Guidelines.

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Study Abroad

  • WVU has canceled all study abroad trips for spring 2021, including incoming and out-going student exchanges.
  • Decisions about Summer 2021 trips will be made during the spring semester.

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Adventure WV

  • Adventure WV is offering a series of spring adventure activities to provide students with fun and engaging activities and introduce them to the variety of activities possible in and around Morgantown.

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