ATTENTION AFC PATIENTS In New Britain Connecticut
Per the Regional Travel Advisory
(Connecticut, New York and New Jersey)
Anyone coming from states with a significant Community spread of COVID-19 is directed to SELF-QUARANTINE for 14 days that starts from the time one arrives in CT, NY and NJ.
As many of you have questions about traveling in and out of Connecticut, AFC Urgent Care New Britain has answers for the residents of the New Britain community and how they can stay safe from COVID-19. Here’s information on the NEW Travel Advisory for our AFC Patients.
As of September 22, 2020, the following locations meet the criteria and are included in Connecticut’s travel advisory. They are:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
**This list will be updated on a regular basis as the situation develops across the country.
Who is Connecticut’s travel advisory for?
The travel advisory applies to everyone when it comes to non-essential and essential travel. If you are traveling and spend longer than 24 hours in an affected state, we suggest you follow the self-quarantine guideline before returning to Connecticut.
What are the rules for visiting family and friends when traveling in and out of CT?
If your friends and family are in one of the affected states mentioned in the travel advisory, we recommend that you refrain from traveling unless necessary. We advise you not to travel so that we can reduce the spread of COVID-19. If friends or family are visiting you from another state that is affected, the state of Connecticut recommends that you and your guests self-quarantine at your house.
Do I still need to quarantine if I just drove or flew through one of the restricted states?
Essential travel does have some exemptions when it comes to traveling. If you fly and have a layover, you do not have to self-quarantine. As mentioned earlier, you only have to self-quarantine if you stay in an affected state for longer than 24 hours.
There are also exemptions for essential workers that travel for government business. A worker will only have to self-quarantine if their travels are not work-related, such as vacations. If you drive through another state, you should practice social distancing and refrain from public interaction until you leave that state.
Do certain states or local governments require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling?
If you plan on traveling, some states may require people to stay home for 14 days. Be prepared as your travel may be longer than expected. Before you go to any state in the U.S, it is best to check in with that specific state’s travel advisory for updated rules about traveling.
Can travelers be tested for COVID-19 instead of self-quarantine?
If travelers are unable to self-quarantine for the required fourteen (14) day period, we advise the traveler to follow these steps:
- Test negative for COVID-19 in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to arriving in Connecticut
- Provide documentation with their test results to the Commissioner of Public Health via email to: [email protected] or via facsimile to: (860) 326-0529.
- Remain in self-quarantine in Connecticut until the test result is received within that 72 hour window.
- If the test result is positive and the traveler is asymptomatic, he or she shall self-isolate for ten (10) days from the date of the test; if symptomatic, we suggest that he or she seek medical assistance.
- Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 prior to traveling to Connecticut should delay such travel and consult with a medical professional.
I’m traveling to CT. Can I get tested for COVID-19 there?
Per the travel advisory we advise you to self quarantine for 14 days prior to a test.
If I can’t self quarantine can I make an appointment to get tested instead?
The Department of Public Health advises that If you cannot self quarantine, you can test prior to 72 hours before entering CT. Results can be reported to the Department of Public Health.
All visitors from affected states can fill out a travel contact tracing form: https://appengine.egov.com/apps/ct/DPH/Connecticut-Travel-Health-Form
What if I travel to NY or NJ and then back to CT. Do I have to quarantine for another 14 days?
The self quarantine period begins when you enter NY, CT, and NJ. If you enter NY and have quarantined for 14 days then travel to CT you have fulfilled the requirement.
What are the travel guidelines for college students resuming school in Connecticut for the fall?
Universities and colleges are still working on their reopening plans for the fall. As most schools are planning to mix classroom time with distance learning, many students and parents are concerned about the steps needed to resume school in Connecticut.
According to the Connecticut Higher Education Report, the state recommends students going to school in Connecticut must test negative for COVID-19, preferably 72 hours, but no later than 14 days in advance of moving into their dorm. Commuter students in Connecticut are not required to get testing for COVID-19, but should still take safety precautions if someone on campus does get the virus. We also suggest that they get tested prior to returning to campus as well.
The Connecticut Higher Education report suggests that out-of-state students get COVID-19 tests before they come to campus. They must test negative, and the test must be administered 72 hours prior, but no later than 14 days in advance of moving into their dorm room or, for non-residential students, when classes begin.
Students awaiting test results should follow quarantine rules before starting the school year. Also, the Connecticut Higher Education report suggests that students that are traveling from an affected state should prepare to be quarantined for 14 days before the first day of classes.
AFC Urgent Care New Britain Can Help Test Travelers for COVID-19.
AFC Urgent Care New Britain can test you for the active COVID-19 virus at our center. Testing is free with or without insurance and it doesn’t require a doctor’s referral. If you are traveling from an affected state, you can call ahead at (860) 357-6899 for testing at our location. We are located at 135 E. Main St.
Testing at our location is quick and easy. We will call you with the results and if you test negative we will provide necessary documentation for you to give to public health officials in order to return to the public. Students are getting ready to return to school should reach out as we are here to help test for the active virus with quick results.
Universities and Colleges can also reach out for our COVID-19 mobile testing option to help test students before and throughout the school year. Our staff will set up a tent on the grounds of your building with the equipment needed for testing, including full PPE gear for those performing the tests. We will take full precautions during mobile testing, including encouraging social distancing for all being tested. Results will be available to patients in 1-3 days.
You can reach us at: [email protected] to learn more!