With the holidays approaching, I wanted to provide all employees with some additional guidance around travel. All nonessential college-sponsored travel, both international and domestic (including travel within the state of Oregon), is suspended until at least April 1, 2021. Employees should communicate with their manager for guidance on any potential travel requests.
Wherever possible, efforts will be made to complete required in-person instruction prior to the Thanksgiving holiday break on November 26-27. In courses where in-person instruction will be required after the holiday break, employees and students may be encouraged to refrain from travel during the break to mitigate the potential for COVID-19 transmission.
As part of a broader effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19, the College asks employees and students who engage in personal domestic or international travel to comply with the following CDC guidance:
After You Travel
You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after exposure to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, please take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return:
- 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.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
Higher Risk Activities
Some types of travel and activities can put you at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19 (see list below). If you participated in higher risk activities or think that you may have been exposed before or during your trip, take extra precautions (in addition the ones listed above) to protect others for 14 days after you arrive:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Consider getting tested for COVID-19.
What activities are considered higher risk?
Here are examples of activities and situations that can increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19:
- Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19, including destinations with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. You can check the Travel Health Notices for recommendations for places you have traveled, including foreign countries and U.S. territories. You can also check states, counties, and cities to determine if these areas are experiencing high levels of COVID-19.
- Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
- Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
- Being in crowds – for example, in restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations, or movie theaters.
- Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.
Thank you for your work and continued vigilance in helping to control the spread of COVID19.