COVID-19 Restricted Travel

COVID-19 Restricted Travel

Kentucky has revised its COVID-19 restricted travel advisory for states that are still seeing high COVID-19 infection rates, with a few of them new to the list.

Governor Andy Beshear unveiled the latest states during his Monday COVID-19 briefing.

The governor said Alabama remains on the travel advisory, a frequent vacation spot for Kentuckians. Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota are also now on the list.

The travel advisory applies to states reporting positive testing rates equal or greater than 15% for COVID-19 testing. Back in July 2020, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas were also on the list.

"Remember, traveling out of state right now is risky no matter what. Please don't travel," Beshear said during his Monday news conference.

States were identified from data reported to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center. They include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas. The rate of positive patient tests in Mississippi is nearing 15 percent, so travelers to Mississippi are also to self-isolate for 14 days. Puerto Rico is the U.S. Territory that has been added.

“I am appealing to Kentuckians who have traveled to these states or to Puerto Rico to consider the interest of your health and the health of others. Please, if you have been to any of these places, stay home for 14 days, starting from the date you left that location,” said Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s Public Health Commissioner.

Briefly, home quarantine includes these steps:

  • Remain at home and avoid all public activities. This includes work, grocery stores and pharmacies, public events and public places.
  • Do not have visitors in your home.
  • If you live in a home with other people, stay in a separate room. If this is not possible, wear a face mask when you are in the same room and stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often. Do not share personal items such as dishes, cups, forks, spoons and towels.
  • Do not leave home except to seek medical care. If you need to see a provider for reasons other than a medical emergency, please call in advance and discuss the care you need.
  • In the event of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Indicate that you are in home quarantine for novel coronavirus exposure. Keep a face mask on until you are asked by a healthcare provider to remove it.
  • Do not use public transportation or ride-share services.
  • Check yourself for fever twice a day and record it in a log or piece of paper.
  • Contact your local health department for additional help, including arranging for food and other essential deliveries if you are in need.

A list of testing sites is posted on the site.

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