Updated! Work Travel Restrictions and Personal Travel Guidance
August 5, 2020
Continued work travel restrictions
no international or domestic work-related travel
To protect the health and safety of our associates and physicians, MedStar Health continues to temporarily restrict any and all international and domestic work-related travel for associates, physicians, residents/fellows, and contractors. In rare instances where mission-critical, work-related domestic travel is necessary, preauthorization must be provided by Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer Stephen R.T. Evans, MD. These restrictions will remain in place until September 8, 2020. We will continue to monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and update the restrictions, as appropriate.
Personal Travel Guidance
Due to ongoing transmission of COVID-19 throughout the U.S., MedStar Health encourages domestic travelers to exercise continued vigilance and minimize risk by adhering to safety precautions, such as frequent hand washing, wearing face masks, avoiding interaction with those without source control masking, and practicing physical distancing.
MedStar Health discourages all nonessential, personal international travel at this time, given the possibility of sudden changes in commercial airline and border accessibility amid the ongoing global pandemic. We will continue to monitor information from both the CDC and the Department of State, and update this guidance, as appropriate.
If you become ill this summer, even while on vacation, you may call the Occupational Health Call Center for advice at 844-354-3705. As a reminder, any MedStar associate with COVID-19 symptoms should call Occupational Health immediately, avoid contact with others and not come to work. Please continue to take appropriate precautions for your safety and the safety of others.
Non-Essential Travel for DC Locations and Residents:
Per orders from DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, anyone who resides/works in D.C. and returned/arrived from non-essential travel to a high-risk area on or since July 27, 2020, or returns/arrives from non-essential travel to a high-risk area moving forward must:
Self-quarantine for 14 days upon return/arrival from non-essential travel to states listed as COVID-19 high-risk areas (see list here) within the prior 14 days. The states listed as high-risk areas will be updated every two weeks at coronavirus.dc.gov. All associates, physicians, residents/fellows, and contractors who reside or work in D.C. must comply with this Order and are therefore strongly encouraged to avoid non-essential travel to the high-risk areas.
- For more information, see the full memo on Important Non-essential Travel Guidance for DC Locations and Residents.
Any associates/physicians not living or working in DC and returning from travel outside of Maryland and the Washington, D.C area (Domestic or International Travel) may return to work if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.* Associates/physicians should continually self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and continue to wear the recommended personal protective equipment. Any associates/physicians with symptoms should contact the Occupational Health Call Center at 844-354-3705.
*Symptoms include any of the following: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to protect the safety of our patients and one another.