COVID-19 Updated Travel and Isolation Guidance

Posted 5/8/2020 in Public Health

Brought to you by Delaware County Public Health

COVID-19 is circulating across Iowa and the United States. As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, guidelines continue to be fluid and change as new recommendations are brought forth by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control.

There is no longer a recommendation to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from travel outside of Iowa and within the U.S. This is as long as the returning traveler is well and has not been in close contact with an ill individual. International travelers returning home are recommended to self-isolate for 14 days after they return.

All individuals and travelers should continue to follow these prevention steps:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public (e.g. mask, bandanna, scarf, etc.)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you are sick

If you have mild symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough, fever, or sore throat please STAY HOME and ISOLATE from others in your household. You should self-isolate even if you were not tested for COVID-19 as the virus is widespread in communities. You need to self-isolate until all three of these things have happened:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that’s three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  • Your symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved) AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

If you start to experience severe symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider right away.

For trusted information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit regmedctr.org/covid-19, coronavirus.iowa.gov, idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus, or cdc.gov/coronavirus.