UPDATE: OCCHD asks that spring breakers self-isolate if they return from country with widespread COVID-19 outbreak


MIAMI BEACH, FL – MARCH 12: A sparsely attended beach is seen as the city announces a state of emergency to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus on March 12, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. As Spring Break arrives in the area the city hopes to have measures in place to help fight COVID-19, including limiting large gatherings. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Oklahoma City-County Health Department officials have modified their self-isolation request for spring breakers returning to Oklahoma.

OCCHD initially asked community members who travel outside of Oklahoma for spring break to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Oklahoma.

The agency now says that spring break travelers should self-isolate for 14 days only if they have returned to Oklahoma from a country with widespread coronavirus outbreak.

Those countries include China, Iran, most European countries, United Kingdom and Ireland.

“Many of these travel destinations have widespread local transmission and they bring together people from all over CDC outbreak locations,” said Patty Vargas, OCCHD public relations coordinator.

Click here for more information about these destinations and further COVID-19 travel recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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CDC map of nations according to their geographic risk assessment for COVID-19 transmission.

Original Story

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma County residents who travel to another country or state for spring break are asked to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning.

Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) epidemiologists ask spring break travelers to do their best to self-isolate once they are back in Oklahoma.

“Spring break travel is an act that can inherently increase your risk of transmission. Many spring break travel destinations have widespread local transmission. Also, many spring break travel destinations bring together people from other places, and many of those places may have widespread local transmission. As such, we are asking anyone who traveled outside of Oklahoma for spring break or had any interaction with others to take protective measures. We ask such people to not return to a workplace or to otherwise interact in-person with others outside your household for 14 days and to monitor yourself for symptoms during that time,” said Dr. Patrick McGough, executive director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection says the following countries have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice – the classification for widespread, ongoing COVID-19 transmission:

  • China
  • Europe (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Malaysia
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

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