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University Safety Office Asks Self-Quarantine of International Travelers

Mar 16, 2020

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The Texas A&M University-Commerce Safety Office is asking students, faculty and staff returning from international travel on or after March 14 through specific airports to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Domestic travelers returning home, even through the same airports, are not being asked to quarantine at this time.

The text of the message follows:

As you may be aware, the new United States government travel restrictions are routing travelers from Europe and other Level 3 countries through a specific set of 13 arrival airports in the United States. As a result of the increased health screening upon arrival at these airports, and as these airports are experiencing long delays and large volumes of traffic clearing customs and health screening, any international traveler arriving at these airports (listed below) – be it coming from a Level 3 or other country – from Saturday March 14 onward will have an increased chance of exposure than other travelers. Therefore, any faculty, staff and students returning from international travel on or after March 14 and arriving in-country to clear customs at the Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), New York City (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Honolulu (HNL), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) international airports should consider themselves as having returned from a Level 3 COVID-19 location and self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival before returning to campus.  Residential students who meet the above criteria, who are already on campus will need to return home.  For those students who are returning home, they need to notify residencelife@tamuc.edu.  If there is an inability to return home, student residents should contact EOC@tamuc.edu. Domestic travelers through all airports and international travelers from non-level 3 countries arriving at airports other than those listed are required only to self-monitor at this time. Travelers should also notify the campus by emailing EOC@tamuc.edu. Self-monitoring and self-isolation explanations can be found on the FAQ website. Thank you for helping to keep our campus and community safe.