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Please Note: On May, 4, 2021, this article was updated with the recent changes to the Indiana Department of Health’s (IDH) Travel Guidance for Health Care Personnel, which now states that the term “travel” does not include commuting to work. This clarification was previously made during the IDH Webinar on April 8, 2021, but the clarification is now available in writing. The updated Guidance also encourages health care personnel to practice core principles of infection control outside of work, due to the vulnerability of residents and potential risks.
The IDH has released updated Travel Guidance for Health Care Personnel based on the CDC’s Travel Guidance. The CDC defines travel as the use of public transportation (i.e., airplane, bus, train); although not specified in IDH’s Travel Guidance for Health Care Personnel, the activities at the location should also be taken into account even if the individual does not take public transportation to the location. However, traveling to work via public transportation is not subject to this Travel Guidance for Health Care Personnel.
Under IDH’s updated Travel Guidance for Health Care Personnel, whether testing and/or self-quarantine is required is dependent on an individual’s vaccination status and whether the travel is domestic or international, as follows:
It is recommended that when traveling and/or attending activities with individuals outside of your household to continue to mitigate COVID-19 risk by social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands.
Please note that the requirements of each destination may be different, as well as the requirements of local health departments upon return.