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.
- 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.
Protect Yourself and Others While Traveling
- 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.
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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