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COVID-19 risk and requirements associated with travel outlined

Feb 11, 2021

Thorndike — With school vacation fast approaching, a Feb. 11 letter sent to staff and families in Regional School Unit 3 by Superintendent Charles Brown warns of the inherent risks of travel and the possibility of contracting and transmitting COVID-19.

"It is critically important that our school communities continue to do everything we can in order to keep our schools safe, open, and able to provide in-person instruction," he said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued strong guidance to limit interactions and travel. "We encourage our staff and families to know the risks and the requirements for travel, and to communicate with our school leaders if you are traveling so that our schools can continue to operate safely," Brown said.

Any staff or students who travel within the U.S. to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont will be required to complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival back in Maine, then continue to monitor for signs or symptoms for an additional four days.

People can also receive a negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular test result within 72 hours prior to arriving back in the state to avoid the 10-day quarantine.

Travelers may be tested upon arriving in Maine as well, but must quarantine while they wait for test results. A negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular test result will allow travelers to leave quarantine early.

The CDC has also deemed international travel a "very high" risk for nearly every country in the world. A map detailing risk levels can be found at

At this time, all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight back to the United States.

Upon return to the United States, staff and students must quarantine. International travelers can return to school after they get tested three to five days after travel, receive a negative test result and stay home and self-quarantine for seven days after travel, or after they self-quarantine for 10 days without a test.

In either case, they should avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness, including older adults and people with medical conditions, for 14 days, whether they get tested or not.

Returning to work or school after travel is not dependent on the length of time spent within the restricted states or other countries, meaning that a day visit still requires any person to quarantine or take a test.

All members of the household who travel must test or quarantine if over 12 months old. Any person who is quarantining should stay home and not have in-person contact with others unless there is an emergency.

For testing information in Maine, visit

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