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COVID-19 and Travel

We want you (and others) to stay safe during the upcoming breaks.  Planning for travel is especially important if you are going to be seeing family and friends who might be at high risk for COVID-19 complications, if they would get infected.  Don't bring illness home to your family or your community. 

As you've been reading in the COVID-19 Campus Updates, getting a negative test on the day prior to traveling home does not mean you are good to go.  You might unknowingly be infected.  COVID-19 has a 2-14 day incubation period, so you could test negative one day, and end up sick (and contagious) the next day.  We want you to be aware of this important public health fact.

Places that may provide this pre-travel testing include HyVee (local), Walgreens (Cedar Rapids), and Test Iowa (Cedar Rapids).  

Thinking about stepping up your protective behaviors in the 14 days prior to travel is one way to keep others as safe as possible. Minimize your risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Once home, wear a mask and keep 6 feet from your high-risk family members. Wash your hands often.  If possible, visit outside, not in closed spaces.  Avoid indoor large group gatherings.  

Read more about COVID-19 and when to delay travel from the CDC.   

The CDC recommends that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 stay home in isolation, except to get medical care.  As we approach fall/winter breaks, there may be circumstances where a parent or friend needs to transport a student to isolate at home.  To do this in the safest way possible, read these tips from the CDC.

This upcoming holiday season and end of the semester is certainly different from normal. We hope that everyone gets time to rest and relax.  Please be vigilant in doing all the protective measures that have been a part of your life this fall on our campus:  Wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, avoid large gatherings, and monitor your health.