LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County health officials updated the county’s travel advisory Monday in response to the new federal guidance issued last week.
In accordance with updated guidance issued Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel without testing or quarantining.
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“You do not need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months,” CDC officials said. “You should still follow all other travel recommendations.”
The guidance says “fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.”
“For example, fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandkids without getting a COVID-19 test, or self quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended prevention measures,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing on Friday.
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L.A. County’s travel advisory requires those who are not vaccinated to self-quarantine for 10 days when entering or returning to the county.
The CDC and L.A. County officials both advise that travelers continue to wear masks on public transportation and urge travelers to practice social distancing and to frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
People who are not vaccinated are still urged by the CDC to delay any travel, “because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID- 19.”
Meanwhile Monday, the county reported one new COVID-19 death, and 366 additional cases, noting that the numbers tend to be artificially low on Mondays due to reporting lags from the weekend.
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The numbers brought the county’s total caseload to 1,222,447 and the death toll to 23,276.