During a typical year, the fall and winter season is a time of joy and excitement as friends and families make plans to spend time together for the season’s holidays. Unfortunately, we know this year has been far from typical. COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing across the country and in our community, surpassing the peaks we saw in the spring.
At the same time, we expect to experience a twin-demic that couples the COVID-19 pandemic with the seasonal cold/flu cases we tend to see every year. We all must do our part to maintain the health and safety of our community, especially as we hope for and plan for a potential transition to hybrid learning in the second semester.
If you are planning to travel this holiday season, the PediaTrust doctors recommends the following tips to stay safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19:
Prior to travel
Quarantine as much as possible (ideally 2 weeks) and be aware of any symptoms. If you experience symptoms, including fever of chills, cough, and shortness of breath, we strongly suggest that you reconsider your travel plans.
If possible, drive your own vehicle. Driving poses the lowest risk of COVID transmission. If taking more public modes of transportation, practice all safety precautions, including masking and good hand hygiene.
Talk to your loved ones about shared expectations on safety.
During your holiday visit
Watch your distance and try to stay six feet from loved ones. Consider outdoor gatherings if the weather permits.
Wear a mask except when you’re eating and drinking.
Wash your hands as frequently as possible.
Please remember that PediaTrust provides COVID-19 medical guidance for Stevenson students, faculty and staff during the 2020-21 academic year, including COVID-19 testing by appointment and telemedicine appointments for students. The PediaTrust COVID clinic is located in the East Nurses Office and is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on days when school is in session. The PediaTrust team can also be reached by calling 847-415-4069. Click to learn more about the services provided and scheduling.
If you are not a Stevenson student, faculty or staff member, please contact your primary care provider or local health department for COVID-19 guidance or testing. You may also search the Lake County Health Department or Illinois Department of Public Health for more information.