The state of Massachusetts, along with the rest of the country, is seeing an uptick in cases of COVID-19. We know that our community has been working very hard to keep our cases numbers low, we only ask that these efforts continue. As the holiday season approaches, many families are beginning to weigh the risks versus benefits of traveling to see family and friends.
The school nurses would like to share some information that may help to mitigate your family’s risk. ❏ Consider visiting family at an off-peak time—that is, not right around a holiday, when lots of other people might be traveling as well.
❏ Plan a smaller gathering than usual. The fewer people from different households, the better.
❏ Drive whenever possible. If you must fly please keep in mind that most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may increase your risk of getting COVID-19.
❏ Keep an eye on case counts. If they’re particularly high in the place where you’re leaving or headed, think about rescheduling or canceling the trip.
❏ Get tested. Each family member should be tested before and after the trip. If the test comes back positive or if you’re feeling sick, cancel your trip.
❏ Follow mitigation strategies we are using in our daily lives. Even if you’re willing to take on some extra risk to see your loved ones for the holidays, you should continue to wear a mask in public, wash your hands frequently, stay at least six feet from others, avoid touching your face, and socialize outdoors whenever possible. Reviewed 10-21-2020
❏ Follow guidelines outlined in the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order. When returning to Massachusetts from a state that is not considered to be lower risk, you must complete a travel form. You also must test for COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to returning to Massachusetts, or immediately upon returning.
❏ COVID-19 Travel Order
❏ You must quarantine until you receive your test results.
❏ If you do not get tested and are traveling from a high risk state then you must quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Massachusetts.
We hope that you find this information helpful. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.