Anyone Traveling Outside The Panhandle Should Self-Quarantine On Return

HEMINGFORD – COVID-19 Panhandle Unified Command says anyone who travels outside the Panhandle should self-quarantine for 14 days when they return as part of the effort to combat the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19.

There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle.

Panhandle Public Health District Director Kim Engel says travelers returning from outside the Panhandle should assume that COVID-19 is present at the locations they visited and traveled through and self-quarantine.

If any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 develop, the travelers should contact their health care provider or public health for help in determining if they should go in for testing or treatment.

Guidelines for what self-quarantine entails can be found at, but in general terms self-quarantine means:

1. Stay home from work, school, and away from other public places.

2. Monitor your symptoms carefully and immediately report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 disease (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore through) to your health care provider or public health.

3. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

3. Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household such as dishes, towels, and bedding.

4. Clean all surfaces that are touched often such as counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.

Health care workers who return from travel should consult with a trained medical professional at their facility (infection preventionists or physician) and establish a specific infection control protocol that mitigates patient and co-worker exposures.

Engel says it is critical to remember, strict self-quarantine is necessary to “flatten the curve” and slow the growth of COVID-19.

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