Travelers returning from China, Iran, Italy and Korea should stay home for 14 days to self-monitor for COVID-19

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Travelers returning from China, Iran, Italy and Korea should stay home for 14 days to self-monitor for COVID-19

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is asking travelers returning from countries with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) level 3 or 2 travel warnings to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. These individuals should limit their exposure within their communities and, depending on the country visited, stay home for 14 days. Currently, these countries include China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan.

“It takes a community effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are asking people traveling from countries under level 3 or 2 travel warnings to voluntarily comply with community control measures,” said Kirby Kruger with the NDDoH. “Travelers should consult with the CDC travel page to get the most up to date information on travel advisories to determine what level of action they need to take.”

Travelers coming from any country with possible community wide spread are asked to self-register on the NDDoH website www.health.nd.gov/coronavirus and click on the “Traveled Internationally in the past 14 days?” button. “When travelers submit the form, they will automatically receive information and guidance about COVID-19 and how to monitor their own health and protect their communities,” said Kruger.

People returning from countries with level 3 travel warnings (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) are being asked to practice social distancing. This includes not going to work or attending school and avoiding congregant settings.  They should also self-monitor for fever and symptoms of COVID-19. 
People returning from countries with level 2 alerts (Japan) should also self-register online.  For this group of returning travelers, the NDDoH recommends people monitor for fever, symptoms and limit interactions with others as much as possible for 14 days and avoid public gathering places as much as possible. These individuals do not need to stay home from work or school.

People returning from other international locations are welcome to register and receive information on COVID-19 and what they can do to monitor their own health and help protect their communities.

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.health.nd.gov/coronavirus.

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