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Winnebago County issues travel guidance to mitigate spread of COVID-19

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — The Winnebago County Health Department has issued a travel guidance, following suit with several cities and states that recommend quarantine after traveling to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The health department, which released the guidance Tuesday, advises people traveling to certain states, including Wisconsin, to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Winnebago County. It also recommends people visiting from certain states for business or leisure to quarantine for 14 days before being in public in the county.

This guidance does not apply to people who reside in a neighboring state and work in Winnebago County.

The health department recommends employers obtain information from their employees about travel and use this guidance as a recommended quarantine upon their return to Winnebago County. Health officials said employers should implement policies for remote work upon an employees return from a state of concern.

The following states are listed as a recommended 14-day quarantine when traveling to or from Winnebago County:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

This travel guidance will be reviewed on a weekly basis. People planning to travel or have visitors from out of the country should consult with the US Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs.

The following are tips on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while traveling:

  • Avoid traveling to and/or having visitors from areas with rates of disease transmission higher than Winnebago County.
  • Use personal modes of transportation and avoid public transportation.
  • Travel with household members.
  • Stay in a private home or residence.
  • Limit time in in-door bars and restaurants.
  • Maintain six-feet (6 feet) of social distancing.
  • Wear face-coverings/masks when out in public.
  • Practice frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitation.
  • Sanitize frequently touched surfaces.
  • Stay home if ill for any reason.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga is the content manager at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2015 as the 5, 6 and 10PM news producer after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was 13 WREX’s assignment editor from 2017 to 2018.

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