PPHD suggests you self-quarantine if you travel outside Panhandle

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - The Panhandle Public Health District advises that anyone who travels outside the Panhandle needs to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return.

PPHD is also asking you immediately report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to your health care provider or public health. Self-quarantine means you stay home from work or school and away from other public places. You must also monitor your symptoms carefully and stay in a specific room, away from others, as much as possible. Try to avoid sharing personal items with others in the household as well.

Residents that support the critical infrastructure of the community, like truckers, are encouraged to continue providing their vital services. PPHD just asks that when back in the Panhandle to self-quarantine.

PPHD notes that it is understandable to travel to and from work but the idea is to stay in the same community and practice social distancing.

Health care workers have different guidelines and should consult with a trained medical professional at their facility. They should also establish a specific infection control protocol that mitigates patient and co-worker exposures.