GB families reminded of NYS travel advisory

  • With the rise in COVID-19 infection rates in some areas across New York state and in an effort to prevent further spread of it in the north country, the Jefferson County Public Health Service has requested that the General Brown school district share information with parents and families that emphasizes details of the travel advisory in effect. It’s important to remember that limiting contact with people from out of the region is one of the best ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As the holidays approach, families are asked to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and others by following the information regarding the travel advisory.

    Per the New York State Covid-19 Travel Advisory, all travelers coming from states/countries with higher rates of COVID-19 are to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time they left the affected state/country. States are identified as having a 7-day rolling average of over 10% of all COVID-19 tests producing a positive result, or the number of positive cases exceeding 10 cases per 100,000 residents.

    Countries are identified by the Centers for Disease Control as Level 2 and 3 countries. Areas that fall under this mandate are identified on the link above and here on the CDC website.

    Any New York State resident who voluntarily travels to a designated state for travel that was not taken as part of the person’s employment or at the direction of the person’s employer, will not be eligible for benefits under New York’s COVID-19 paid sick leave law.

    If you travel to a listed area:

    • Complete the Traveler Health Form. The contact tracing team will enroll you in a text messaging program to make sure you are healthy during your 14-day quarantine. Exceptions to the travel advisory are permitted for essential workers but outside of the essential job, you are required to be in quarantine. See the CDC website for details.
    • Stay home and follow the quarantine order. Only the traveler(s) is quarantined, not household members. But the traveler must quarantine away from other household members. A negative COVID-19 test result does not exempt you from the 14-day quarantine. This is because you can become ill up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. This does not apply to travelers passing through a designated state/country for less than 24 hours through the course of travel. Passing through means stopping at rest areas or during layovers for airports/trains. This does not exempt those who are visiting a state for less than 24 hours. They must still quarantine upon return to New York.

    When you complete your student’s daily screening to attend school, if the student traveled to a state/country in the advisory you would answer “Yes’ to the question of travel. The student cannot go to school and must stay in quarantine at least 14 days. The quarantine may be extended if the student develops symptoms.