COVID Travel Policy Update (updated 1/5/21)
Due to the rising numbers of cases in various states around the country, the Cook County Department of Public Health issued guidance to limit the spread of COVID in our communities. The recommendation states: “CCDPH recommends avoiding all non-essential travel. However, if you must travel, we recommend all visitors and returning residents avoid non-essential activities, including work and school if possible, for 14 days after entering suburban Cook County. If you cannot avoid work or school for 14 days after your return and are symptom-free, you may consider one of CDC’s two shortened options for reduced quarantine.
1. Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
2. When diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available, then quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
3. In both cases, additional criteria (e.g., continued symptom monitoring and masking through Day 14) must be met and are outlined in the full text.”
Wesley originally adopted the Suburban Cook County travel restrictions on July 24, 2020. For clarity, here is Wesley’s policy:
In an effort to keep our children, families and staff as safe as possible, Wesley Child Care is requiring employees and families to follow this guidance. Therefore, if you have traveled out of state for more than 24 hours, you will be declined entry to the program and asked to self-quarantine. Other household members who did not travel from a designated state are not required to self-quarantine at this time.
Please continue to do your part in observing necessary safety protocols by practicing social distancing, using face masks/coverings, and frequent hand wash/sanitizing. These and other best practices are outlined on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
These additional requirements are the only way we can help to reduce the chance of COVID impacting our ability to remain open. If you have any questions, please let us know.