State Updates Quarantine Guidance for Domestic Travelers
Connecticut is no longer recommending 14-day quarantine periods for domestic travelers entering or returning to the state.
“At this time, there is no requirement for routine quarantine of individuals coming to Connecticut from another U.S. state or for Connecticut residents returning from domestic travel,” the state Department of Public Health said in a June 11 notice.
DPH notes that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “recommends domestic travelers take into consideration potential risks of travel including: rates of community transmission at the destination, ability to physically distance from others, medical risk factors of travelers and contacts, and infection control considerations by mode of transportation.”ProviderMemo_June11
“For international travel, CDC currently recommends self‐quarantine after coming to the U.S. from another country,” the notice said.
The state still recommends residents exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms to self-quarantine, regardless of whether they have traveled.
Language urging the 14-day quarantine for domestic travelers was removed from the state’s coronavirus website this week.
“COVID-19 is everywhere, so it doesn’t really make sense to have that type of recommendation in place,” deputy state epidemiologist Dr. Lynn Sosa told the Hartford Courant.
The CDC recently updated its quarantine guidance for people exposed to someone with known or suspected COVID-19.
The state health department says those individuals should self-quarantine at home for 14 days after the last exposure, stay at least six feet away from others, and avoid people at high risk for severe illness.
If they begin to experience symptoms, they should seek medical care and testing while continuing to follow isolation guidance.
An exposed person who tests negative should continue to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The CDC has also updated its guidance on risk assessment and work restrictions for healthcare workers.
It now recommends that healthcare workers who were not using appropriate personal protective equipment when exposed to patients with COVID-19 stay away from the workplace for 14 days.
The CDC also has return-to-work strategies for healthcare professionals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
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