Keep Hawaiians Safe with a 14-Day Quarantine Prior to Testing and Travel

Discovery Health MD is now a trusted partner in the deployment of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program for inbound travelers. We are proud to serve the state of Hawaii and its visitors in this capacity and support each of the protocols they’ve established to prevent the introduction of the novel coronavirus into their communities. In addition to accurate, same- and next-day COVID-19 PCR lab tests to inbound travelers departing from Seattle, Discovery Heath MD is a staunch advocate of being mindful of your behavior in the 14 days prior to your travel dates.

“A test is part of risk reduction, but to eliminate risk, no testing strategy replaces a 14-day quarantine,” says Dr. Ann Jarris, CEO of Discovery Health MD. There is no better measure a traveler can take than minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to testing and departure.

Not everyone will be able to quarantine for 14 days prior to travelling, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of exposure and your risk of getting sick. 

How to Minimize Risk of COVID-19 Exposure in the 14 Days Prior to Travel

Step 1: Establish boundaries with family or housemates.

The first step applies to individuals who live with others who will not be traveling. Make it clear that you will be doing your best to isolate yourself from everyone else in the house. See Step 3 for further guidance.

Step 2: Prepare your home for 14 days of minimal exposure.

Stock your quarantine location with any supplies you might need over the course of 14 days. Consider groceries, medicine, hygiene and cleaning supplies, work materials and entertainment. Make sure you have a thermometer. If you can, you will not leave this location for two weeks, so make sure you have what you need to stay nourished, healthy and occupied during that time.

Step 3: Stay vigilant of exposure risk.

This is especially critical if you live with others who are not planning to travel and are therefore not undergoing quarantine. 

  • If possible, use a separate bathroom. If this isn’t possible, enact stringent disinfection procedures for all surfaces in the shared space.
  • Use separate cooking and eating utensils or disinfect thoroughly after every use.
  • Wear masks when moving through common areas.
  • Stay at least six feet away from any housemate not under quarantine.
  • Regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, computers and phones.
  • Wash hands often with hot soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you leave the house, wear a mask at all times. Consider wearing eye protection such as glasses or a face shield as well. Avoid indoor spaces with poor ventilation and keep a minimum of six feet between you and anyone else. Use hand sanitizer frequently and do not touch your face. Do not go in restaurants, bars or other indoor gathering places.

Step 4: Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. 

Ask yourself the following questions on a daily basis. Keep a regularly sanitized thermometer at hand and as well as a log of your temperature and any symptoms. 

  • Have I experienced any difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, or unusual fatigue?
  • Have I experienced a fever (100.4°F or greater)?
  • Have I experienced signs of a fever such as chills, aches and pains?

Refer to the CDC’s list of possible COVID-19 symptoms for additional information.

If you have any of these symptoms in the 14 days prior to travel, you should see your healthcare provider for testing and further instructions as to when it will be safe to travel. 

Step 5: Stay quarantined. 

Do you best to stay at home except in the case of a medical emergency. Do not accept unnecessary visitors. 

Alaska’s Success Story

This summer, the state of Alaska successfully protected its communities thanks to strict quarantine and testing protocols adhered to by all inbound travelers. Alaska was at the forefront of developing these protocols due to of their robust fishing industry. Thousands of workers from across the world travel to Alaska every year to catch and process fish, a huge global food source. 

Seafood Industry Workers Pre-COVID

Without these workers, a critical piece of the world’s food supply and a massive industry could have been jeopardized. Cooperation and adherence to testing and quarantine protocols allowed this vital work to continue without compromising the health and safety of Alaskan communities. 

Collective Responsibility 

Many of us are eager to revive the economy, travel to special places and participate in life as we knew it before the pandemic. It is critical that as we start to do so, we keep the residents of places like Hawaii safe from infection. This is all possible when travelers commit to minimizing their risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to travel in conjunction with the mandated testing protocols. 

For more information about Discovery Health MD, or to book a COVID-19 testvisit our website. If you’re traveling via Seattle to a location that requires a negative COVID-19 test, consider booking a room at our dedicated hotel testing site. You’re eligible for a custom room rate when you’re scheduled for a COVID-19 test with Discovery Health MD. 

Editor’s Note: We recognize the proper use of the Hawaiian language including the ‘okina [‘], a consonant, and the kahakō [ō] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai‘i such as Lāna‘i).

However, these have been omitted from this website for the best online experience for our visitors. We realize the importance and continue to use them outside of the online platform.

3 Steps to Get Your Remote Crew Back to Work Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are fast-shifting COVID-19 mandates gumming up logistics for your remote workforce? Industries from maritime and aviation to manufacturing and construction have had to react quickly to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Companies across the country are relying on general state guidance or finding their own way with return to work guidelines. Industries with remote and mobile workforces have a special challenge as they move bodies from city to city or port to port. What does your unique organization need to do to get back to work safely and sustainably? 

Step 1: Develop COVID-19 response procedures customized to your operations.

This is arguably the most daunting task of all. Luckily, Seattle-based medical risk management firm Discovery Health MD stayed ahead of the curve in the maritime industry as they helped cargo vessels calling on ports in China navigate the beginnings of the outbreak. Discovery Health MD and their team of doctors developed general procedural guidelines for numerous work environments. These documents are available for download and are intended to be a starting point for organizations in the maritime industry. Discovery Health MD is available for consulting and has helped organizations from transportation to craft brewing customize their procedures. 

Step 2: Coordinate COVID-19 testing procedures that comply with local mandates and protect your crew.

How is your organization’s home state handling testing and quarantine requirements? If your workforce is mobile, you need to have a handle on this information to protect your crew from infection and you from liability.

The state of Alaska recently enacted a mandate requiring all non-residents traveling to or through the state to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours of arrival to the state. Anyone who arrives who does not have the required documentation must pay for a test at the airport and quarantine while awaiting results, which could take days. 

What if your crew doesn’t arrive through the airport? Should they be the ones to worry about making sure they’re tested if they’re arriving in a state to work for you? What about workers who need to be tested before reporting but already live in the state? It’s worth it to your team members to make sure they know exactly how and when they’ll be tested and who is paying for it before they arrive in any state with testing requirements. 

Step 3: Establish initial and ongoing fitness for duty protocols.

We now live in a world afflicted by a global pandemic. Now more than ever, fitness for duty protocols are necessary to keep your workforce safe, healthy and on the job. Industries that may have never had fitness for duty protocols may now find they need them. Determine your organization’s fitness for duty requirements with the help of medical doctors experienced in identifying risks in your workplace. 

Let Seattle-based medical risk management firm Discovery Health MD streamline your return-to-work procedures and protect your team. 

Seattle-Based Medical Risk Management Firm is Ready to Meet New Demand for Testing in Alaska

Discovery Health MD is prepared to help industries across Alaska meet new requirements for inbound non-resident travelers.

Seattle, WASH. (August 7, 2020) – At a July 28 press briefing, Governor Mike Dunleavy of Alaska announced that effective August 11, all non-residents must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure. Additionally, testing will no longer be made available by the state of Alaska upon arrival. Now that testing is incumbent upon travelers, organizations across the travel and critical infrastructure industries can consider hiring medical risk management firm Discovery Health MD to assist customers and workers with compliance. 

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) – A frequent destination for Alaska-bound flights. A negative PCR test is required for travelers to arrive with, taken 72 hours before departure.

“We have extensive experience testing within the Alaska state mandates,” says Dr. Ann Jarris, founder and CEO of Discovery Health MD. “Our processes have been vetted by the state of Alaska. When it comes to getting your negative PCR test to travel through the state, we are the leaders.” 

Discovery Health MD is a medical risk management and consultancy firm that offers the comprehensive chain of services necessary to perform COVID-19 PCR testing across a large group of people. They provide the medical doctors necessary to order and interpret the proper tests, as well as collection services tailored to suit an organization’s unique operational circumstances. 

Fisherman’s Terminal Dedicated Testing Site (May, 2020) – Discovery Health MD led COVID-19 response for the Maritime Industry in Washington State. (Photo Credit: Russ Read Photography)

Most importantly, Discovery Health MD generates the negative results letter travelers are required to present upon arrival to Alaska. Travelers can access their letters quickly and easily on a secure, mobile-friendly web portal. 

(From Left to Right) Erin Graham, Discovery Health MD COO; Dr. Ann Jarris, Discovery Health MD CEO

“We understand how to make sure you’re going to comply with the mandates,” says Dr. Jarris. She and her team have been at the forefront of the pandemic response in the maritime industry. Their team of doctors, experts and administrators developed general procedural guidelines for transmission management that can be applied across industries and tailored very specifically to numerous organizations and circumstances. They work tirelessly to keep those guidelines up to date as the science and societal circumstances around COVID-19 evolves, and they are actively adapting their services to suit industries of all kinds. 

Discovery Health MD is ready to help your organization meet the changing demands of the pandemic response. To inquire about their consulting and management services, contact Dr. Jarris at 206-351-0693 or [email protected].

If your company is sending workers to Alaska, check out Test-to-Fly by Discovery Health MD to send your employees with confidence.

Discovery Health MD is a Seattle-based medical risk management and consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations mitigate medical risk among large mobile and remote workforces. They have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. They leverage the expertise of a seasoned team of medical doctors and close ties with local academic institutions to streamline back-to-work protocols and testing options for the maritime industry and beyond.

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