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Local Public Health Advisory: Travel from States with Significant Community Spread of COVID-19

LEONARDTOWN, Md. - July 10, 2020 – The St. Mary's County Health Department (SMCHD) is issuing a Public Health Advisory for anyone returning to St. Mary’s County from travel to states with significant or rising community spread of COVID-19.

Individuals returning to live, work or study in St Mary’s County from other countries or from any U.S. domestic area experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and/or high positivity rates are urged to consider these public health recommendations:

• Self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the last day of travel

• Self-monitor for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested within 24 hours of developing any symptom

• Get tested for COVID-19 after returning to St. Mary’s County, even if not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19

Community members are advised to evaluate the COVID-19 case trends at their travel destinations before proceeding with travel. Data may change on a day-to-day basis and vary by jurisdiction within a state. Based on data available today, some states appear to be experiencing high positivity rates, including but not restricted to those listed below:

• Alabama
• Arizona
• Florida
• Georgia
• Idaho
• Kansas
• Mississippi
• Nevada
• South Carolina
• Texas
• Utah

Additional travel information and public resources for assessing travel risks is available on the SMCHD website at: www.smchd.org/covid-19-travel.
For more information regarding COVID-19 prevention, local data, symptoms and testing, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 301-475-4911, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.

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