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Travel to States with High Rates of COVID-19 Transmission: Update 7/29/2020

Cynthia Dill

Atlantic Medical Imaging continues to encourage employees to use safe practices while at work and discourages engaging in any high-risk behaviors during non-working hours. As a result of the increasing prevalence of new positive COVID-19 cases in other states, combined with the new guidance provided by Governor Murphy, we are now highly recommending that employees avoid travel to any of the states actively included on the New Jersey travel restriction list.  

We strongly advise employees NOT to electively travel to areas with high (increasing) COVID-19 transmission when avoidable.   

A. Employees should continue to review travel plan. Outline of steps: 

  1. Verify COVID-19 transmission rate of travel destination, updated links for areas of concern below.  
  2. Employee should carefully review risks and alternatives to “impacted” areas of travel. 
  3. If travel is unavoidable and especially if in an area with a high rate of COVID-19 transmission, Employee should observe all precautions including  social distancing, wearing a face covering when with persons not of their immediate household, avoiding crowded places such as bars, indoor restaurants, or indoor worship, and frequent hand hygiene.  

B. If despite AMI, CDC and NJ state recommendations the employee opts to travel to a destination with a high rate of COVID-19 transmission as detailed above, they should: 

  1. Contact their supervisor prior to travel and upon return home. 
  2. Before returning to work, supervisor and employee complete COVID-19 symptom/risk factor screening tool. 
  3. If high-risk behaviors were unavoidable / occurred during time away, the supervisor may consider a 14-day exclusion of work and give advice to self-quarantine after consulting with senior management and employee health. If recommended for quarantine due to the employee’s actions or travel activities the 14-day quarantine time would not be covered under unemployment or protected leave under the NJ Family Leave Act. The employee will be required to utilize PTO or UPTO for this absence.   
  4. If no exposure risk behaviors occurred while away, the employee will continue with daily self-monitoring prior to work, always wearing a facemask when at work, performing diligent hand hygiene. If any positive symptoms findings present after return employee will immediately report information to manager and be isolated from work immediately.  
  5. Employees are advised to contact their primary care provider if there are any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or greater. 

As of Tuesday, July 28, there are currently 36 states that meet the criteria for NJ travel advisory: 

  • Alabama (added 6/24/20) 
  • Alaska (added 7/21/20) 
  • Arkansas (added 6/24/20) 
  • Arizona (added 6/24/20) 
  • California (added 6/30/20) 
  • Delaware (re-added 7/21/20) 
  • District of Columbia (added 7/28/20) 
  • Florida (added 6/24/20) 
  • Georgia (added 6/30/20) 
  • Iowa (added 6/30/20) 
  • Idaho (added 6/30/20) 
  • Illinois (added 7/28/20) 
  • Indiana (added 7/21/20) 
  • Kansas (added 7/7/20) 
  • Kentucky (added 7/28/20) 
  • Louisiana (added 6/30/20) 
  • Maryland (added 7/21/20) 
  • Minnesota (re-added 7/28/20) 
  • Mississippi (added 6/30/20) 
  • Missouri (added 7/21/20) 
  • Montana (added 7/21/20) 
  • Nebraska (added 7/21/20) 
  • Nevada (added 6/30/20) 
  • New Mexico (added 7/14/20) 
  • North Carolina (added 6/24/20) 
  • North Dakota (added 7/21/20) 
  • Ohio (added 7/14/20) 
  • Oklahoma (added 7/7/20) 
  • Puerto Rico (added 7/28/20) 
  • South Carolina (added 6/24/20) 
  • Tennessee (added 6/30/20) 
  • Texas (added 6/24/20) 
  • Utah (added 6/24/20) 
  • Virginia (added 7/21/20) 
  • Washington (added 7/21/20) 
  • Wisconsin (added 7/14/20) 

The most recent updates can be found at:

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-information/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey#direct-link

Travel to States with High Rates of COVID-19 Transmission Update 07.07.2020