Bay Area health officers are considering issuing quarantine recommendations for those traveling to and from the region over the holidays, along with a host of other tactics to stem coronavirus’ spread, a county spokesperson said Wednesday.
With the holidays looming — along with the potential for family gatherings outside Northern California — health officers are discussing various ways to stop an impending spike in COVID-19 cases — including “strong” quarantine recommendations for those who plan to travel, Marin County Public Information Officer Laine Hendricks told this news organization.
Word of the quarantine discussions was first reported by The Los Angeles Times Tuesday. But whether health officials will move forward with it — and exactly what it would entail — remains up in the air, Hendricks said, adding that individual counties may go their own separate ways.
“The concept has come up in conversation, but at this point there’s zero consensus among the public health officers,” Hendricks said. “What they are discussing currently is a broader range of things that they could be rolling out this time of year — it could be guidance for family gatherings, precautions on how to handle someone that does come in, or suggestions around that, and yes, potentially a quarantine.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control notes that travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 for up to 14 days after returning, and further details unique risk factors and recommendations depending on the type of transportation in its guidance. Those heading to places