Local cases of COVID-19 connected with trips to the United States

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While you can now make a fun trip across the border, local health officials do not recommend it.

The Northwest Health Unit’s official health doctor, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, says the origin of many new cases of COVID-19 in the region comes from recent trips.

“Since the U.S. border reopening, we have seen a number of cases in people who have recently travelled to Minnesota. That state currently has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection in North America and I recommend that local residents avoid travel to high-risk areas for non-essential reasons, at this time.”

For those who decide to travel, Dr. Young Hoon offers the following advice: “Remember that your destination may have different public health measures than Ontario, which could put you at a greater risk of being exposed to COVID-19. While away, practice all precautions to prevent infection and avoid large indoor gatherings.”

As of today, November 30, the requirements to re-enter Canada change for short trips to the US

Canadians, permanent residents and law subjects of India who are fully vaccinated and re-enter Canada within 72 hours should no longer provide a negative PCR test result.

This also applies to children under 12, regardless of their vaccination status.

However, when they re-enter Canada, children may not attend school or daycare for 14 days or participate in extracurricular activities.

“If someone under 12 years old visits the United States, they must stay home from school or daycare, limit contact with others, avoid extracurricular activities, and must wear a mask and physically distance when in contact with non-household members for 14 days after returning,” explains Dr. Young Hoon.

The changes also take effect on November 30 for domestic and international travelers.

Anyone 12 years of age or older traveling by plane, train or boat in Canada must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present evidence to be able to board.

This applies to anyone departing from a Canadian airport and to all rail passengers on the VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains.

For those who decide to travel, visit the NWHU’s travel and COVID-19 website to learn how to minimize risk.

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