COVID-19 Guidance for College Students Returning Home for the Holidays
Many college students will be returning home soon to Marin County for the holidays, and some may be staying to finish their semester remotely. At the same time, COVID-19 cases are rising across the region and nation. Families should take special precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Marin County Travel Guidance
Anyone travelling into the Bay Area is strongly recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, especially if travel-related activities put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19. These higher risk activities include:
- Spending time within 6 feet of people you do not normally live with or while anyone around you was not wearing a face mask – especially if you were indoors.
- Traveling on planes, buses, trains, public transportation, or other shared vehicles, if face masks were not worn at all times by both you and the other people in the vehicle.
Take precautions while traveling. N95 or KN95 masks are more available in retail settings and airport gift shops, and should be considered for the duration of travel. Wash your hands frequently and maintain your distance from other travelers when possible.
Additional Precautions for College Students
Testing within three days prior to traveling home is recommended, but a negative COVID-19 test alone is not a guarantee of safety for loved ones and the community. College-aged individuals who contract COVID-19 may lack symptoms, or be mildly symptomatic, and may inadvertently infect others.
If a student travels for a short period during the holiday, it is recommended that they quarantine for 7 days PLUS obtain a negative test at least 5 days after the end of travel, or 14 days without a test. If members of the household are at higher risk for more severe disease, added measures should be taken. Visiting elders out of doors, and mask use and physical distancing within the household will help protect loved ones.
Seeing Friends and Family
Although we understand returning college students are eager to see their friends, we discourage college-age students from casual socialization with friends indoors and in groups.
If at any time returning students or any member of the household develop symptoms, reach out to your medical provider. Testing may be recommended. Visit the Marin County Coronavirus website for guidance on testing options and to get the most up-to-date information on travel guidelines.