The Centers for Disease Control issued updated post-travel self-quarantine guidance on February 16, 2021. As a result, the amount of time you are required to self-quarantine after traveling out of Washington State has now also been reduced from 14 days to 10 days.
The CDC also recommends that you take the following steps after traveling:
Get Tested and Stay Home After Travel
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
- Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
- If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
Also, take these actions after you return from travel to protect others from getting COVID-19:
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- If there are people in the household who did not travel with you, wear a mask and ask everyone in the household to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home for 14 days after travel.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness.
- Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19.
As a reminder:
- All residential students are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing in Spring Quarter 2021. In addition, a sample of 10% of commuter students who will be physically on campus during Spring Quarter are also required to participate in surveillance testing. If you travel, you may leave self-quarantine to attend your scheduled surveillance test.
Seattle U continues to provide COVID-19 self-test kits to faculty and staff who regularly work on campus. Seattle U will pay for the cost of the kit, but the administration and results are private—no information is shared with the university. To receive a testing kit, please use this link