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Health department urges people to take COVID-19 precautions during and after spring break

LANSING, Mich. – Spring breakers are urged to take precautions if they decide to travel as COVID-19 cases are rising throughout the country, and many people are not yet vaccinated. Traveling is discouraged.

If you are not vaccinated and must travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges people to take these steps to reduce the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:

·         Follow all COVID-19 precautions including masking, social distancing and hand hygiene.

·         Get tested for COVID-19 before traveling.

·         Self-quarantine for at least 7 days if you test negative for COVID-19 3-5 days after you return home and if you remain symptom-free.

·         If you choose to not to get tested, self-quarantine for 10 days after you return home.

·         If you are eligible, get the COVID-19 vaccine before leaving for your trip.

“We understand that people are ready to get back to normal and start traveling again,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “However, COVID-19 cases are surging in our county. Health experts across the country are gravely concerned about what we may see following spring break. Delaying travel is the safest course of action. If travel is not avoidable, testing and quarantine are strongly encouraged.”

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is offering rapid COVID-19 testing for people post spring break on Sunday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Testing will be offered in a drive-through site on the Ingham Intermediate School District’s campus in Mason. Results will be available in 15-30 minutes via text or email. This event is open to the public and pre-registration is strongly recommended. For more information and to register, visit:

School districts may have additional guidance or testing events. Check with your school district for more information.