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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 9, 2021
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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Summer vacation and the reopening of Washington is prompting many residents to hit the open road. Whether it’s exploring all that Snohomish County has to offer, or venturing a bit further, the Snohomish Health District has rounded up some tips to help you travel safely.
For those who are unvaccinated, including people who are not two or more weeks past the final COVID vaccine, they should continue to:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends delaying travel until you can get fully vaccinated. If you are traveling with children who cannot get vaccinated at this time, follow travel recommendations for unvaccinated people and choose the safer travel options. Some highlights from the CDC are described below.
During car travel, making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. If traveling in a RV, you may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but you could still be in close contact with others while staying at RV parks overnight and while getting gas and supplies.
Play it extra safe when riding in a rideshare, carpool, taxi, or limo for-hire vehicle.
Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet, which may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. If you choose to travel by bus or train, learn what you can do to protect yourself on public transportation.
Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, keeping your distance is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may make you more likely to get COVID-19.
Check your accommodations’ COVID-19 prevention practices before you go.
State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel. Follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions.
The CDC also has an online travel planner where you can get important information as you consider traveling to different cities, states, and national parks across the United States. Simply enter a city, zip code, address, or national park name to learn more about COVID-19 travel restrictions, guidance, and resources in your destination.
If traveling by air, check if your airline requires any health information, testing, or other documents. Traveling Internationally? Check CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip.
Lastly, vaccinated or not, monitor for symptoms and stay home if feeling ill. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Don’t assume that a runny nose, sore throat or unusual headache is just a cold or allergies. Play it safe by getting a COVID test, and then remaining home until you receive results.
With the number of variants emerging, including the delta variant that appears easier to spread, it’s important that we all keep focused on staying safe and healthy. Snohomish County has made great progress getting vaccinated and getting case counts down lower. Let’s keep that progress going in the right direction.
The schedule for the week of July 11 is as follows:
Appointments for testing are encouraged, and registration is available at www.snohd.org/testing. Those without internet access or needing language assistance can reach the Health District’s call center at 425.339.5278 to schedule a testing appointment. The call center is staffed 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers after hours or on weekends can leave a message, which will be returned on the next business day.