COVID-19 & Travel

On June 24, 2020 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, partnering with Governors Murphy and Lamont, issued an executive order announcing that all visitors entering New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from states with a higher than 10% positivity rate, or a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, over a seven day rolling average, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, effective June 25, 2020 12:01AM. States that meet these metrics of high infectivity rates will be reassessed as the data changes. Please see the list of states currently included in this travel advisory here.

In light of Governor Cuomo’s executive order, Mount Sinai has updated their travel policy as of 6/29/20, which can be viewed here.

Personal Travel

Travel for personal reasons is no longer restricted, however if you plan on engaging in international or domestic travel (outside of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut), you must notify your manager/supervisor.

Please note that if you travel for personal reasons to a high-risk area, you must be tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of your return; this 24-hour period, plus the waiting time to obtain your test results, must be included in your PTO request. If you test positive, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days using your PTO, or other available leave time.

Lastly, we encourage you to review our COVID-19 Travel Considerations for resources and safety advice when engaging in personal travel during this uncertain time.

Work-Related Essential Travel

Work-related travel is permissible for essential purposes only and must be approved by a supervisor or Department Chair. Additional approval is also required from Vicki R. LoPachin, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System, who will work with an appropriate committee of hospital and school leadership to assess need and safety issues per travel request.

Mount Sinai considers a work-related trip to be “essential travel” if,

  • operations are mission-critical;
  • the needed outcome cannot be achieved using an alternative method of meeting (e.g., Zoom, phone, email, relying on a local colleague, etc.);
  • in-person visitation to specific locations may not be postponed;
  • it is necessary in order to fulfill a contractual obligation.

Examples might include:

  • COVID-19-related work with colleagues at other institutions in the U.S. or abroad;
  • providing life-saving clinical care;
  • teaching/training on a specific clinical skill that Mount Sinai has a specific expertise in.

Examples of what is NOT considered essential travel:

  • Conferences
  • Global Health electives for Mount Sinai students or residents.

Mount Sinai employees should not feel obligated to travel on behalf of Mount Sinai during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Supervisors or Department Chairs will discuss any proposed travel plans with their employees in advance to assess the employee’s level of comfort, risk tolerance, and any other additional factors (e.g., pre-existing health conditions, etc.) that may make the employee unable or unwilling to travel.