To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend avoiding all non-essential travel for unvaccinated individuals at this time.
LCHD advises that those who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States as they are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. Travelers are encouraged to consider the spread of COVID-19 in their destination before making a decision to travel.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has launched a new Travel Advisory Map, providing guidance on travel to other states and countries on a four-tiered system.
Per LCHD, for fully vaccinated people:
- You do not need to get tested before or after travel
- You also do not need to self-quarantine after travel
Per LCHD, for all travelers:
Wherever you go, you should always follow public health guidelines - the 3 Ws - to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Watch your distance
If you are returning from travel, are not vaccinated, and have not followed the 3 Ws, LCHD encourages consideration of a 10-day self-quarantine to keep our communities safe. This is not a mandatory quarantine or public health order. Individuals should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, and/or loss of smell or taste. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, but regardless of symptomatic presentation or known exposure to the virus, travelers should be tested for COVID-19.
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