Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Non-Commuting Travel Risk

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Your chances of getting COVID-19 while traveling also depends on mitigating behaviors and steps taken to protect yourself and others:

Travel Outside of Pennsylvania

Follow PA Commonwealth and CMU guidance after returning from travel outside of Pennsylvania (regardless of low or high risk) and quarantine for 10 days prior to coming to campus. Note: CMU guidance does not accept a negative test as an alternative to the 10-day quarantine.

Travel Within Pennsylvania

Follow CMU guidance after returning from high-risk travel within Pennsylvania and quarantine for 10 days prior to coming to campus.

Low Risk vs. High Risk Travel


Low Risk

High Risk


Personal vehicle

Public transportation bus, train or air

Travel Behavior

Non-stop, direct travel from origin to destination

Day trip with members of household

Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks (particularly without following mitigation protocols)

Interaction with non-household members

Travel Destination

*Low COVID-19 cases and positivity

Secluded or less densely populated location

*High COVID-19 cases and positivity

High traffic or busy location


Private residence

Remote campground

Hotels, motels or resorts


Self-prepared meals

Takeout or room service

Outdoor dining

Indoor dining at bars or restaurants

Dining with non-household members


Limited to members of household

Small outdoor gatherings following recommended mitigations

Participation with anyone outside of household

Any gatherings where six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained

Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation


1. Wear a facial covering in public settings – both indoors and outdoors, including when with anyone not from your household, even if not in a public setting.

2. Maintain distance of six feet from anyone not from your household.

3. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

*As defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)