The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is recommending anyone who has traveled out of the area, whether domestic or international, self-quarantine upon their return home.
The following statement from SGCHD Director Clay Goddard was released Thursday:
As residents return from spring break trips and other travel, it is the advice of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department that they self-quarantine for 14 days.
During that time, travelers returning from outside our region are advised to stay home, avoid contact with others, and monitor for symptoms. If a traveler were to become symptomatic, they are encouraged to contact their provider.
This action is being recommended because of the large number of travelers who will be returning to the area. This is especially concerning regarding tourist destinations that have included large crowd activities.
While we recognize that this will be a hardship for returning travelers, it is important to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community. Our community has been working diligently to put strategies in place that will help curb the transmission of illness and hopefully avoid a spike in cases. Travelers may feel fine when returning but could be carrying illness as a result of travel.
If residents need more information, they are encouraged to visit the Health Department’s Coronavirus information website.