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New Travel Advisory for PA

Dear UCFSD Families, 

On Wednesday, November 18, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a new Order for Mitigation Relating to Travel.  Below are the details of this order, which takes effect at 12:01 am Friday, November 20, 2020.

Individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other State or Commonwealth or an international location, must produce evidence of a negative SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) test from a specimen collected within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth, or quarantine for 14 days upon entering, unless they qualify for one of the exemptions. 

As you know, the District has been requiring a 14-day quarantine for individuals who travel to the states and territories listed on the PA Department of Health Travel Advisory.  We will continue with this practice and follow the new guidance which now includes any state or territory outside of PA.  The only other change is that now individuals who travel outside of the state have the option to test out of the travel quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test result. 

The intent of the PA Department of Health’s new travel advisory is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during what is historically one of the busiest travel times of the year. We understand that due to our geographic proximity to neighboring states several of you may have plans that will require you to cross state lines. We understand that you may have some questions - we do too.  We contacted the PA Department of Health to specifically ask about incidental travel to DE, NJ and MD. Their response to us was that “people should use common sense.”

Of course, we encourage everyone who is planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday to continue to follow COVID-19 mitigation protocols to ensure your safe and healthy return.  

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have further questions specific to this new guidance, please visit the COVID-19 Information for Travelers FAQ or contact the PA Department of Health directly at 1-877-724-3258. 

Best Regards, 

John Nolen