Due to the modified Chicago Emergency Travel Order, ​​​​​​we have issued revised guidance for personal travel to states colored red or orange on the travel order map. In line with protocol for employees of Rush University Medical Center, we ask that students, faculty and staff refrain from personal travel unless absolutely necessary. Additionally, the City of Chicago has issued an official advisory asking all Chicago residents to stay home to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Stay-at-Home Advisory

The Stay-at-Home Advisory went into effect Monday, November 16, 2020. Individuals living and working in Chicago are advised not to leave their homes except to work, attend school, seek medical care, shop for groceries, go to a pharmacy or pick up takeout food. Students are expected to follow these guidelines and continue to participate in classes virtually. Students currently engaged in clinical rotations may continue for now, pending the possibility of further requirements from city or state authorities. We will issue further guidance if anything changes regarding attendance to program-required activities.

Emergency Travel Order

If you decide to travel, against Rush University recommendations, please go to the CDPH website to view the state maps and determine if you will be required to quarantine upon your return to Chicago. All Rush University students, faculty and staff are required to abide by the CDPH order, and may not return to campus until after travel quarantine requirements are completed. A mandatory 10 day quarantine is required for anyone returning to Chicago from a state on the CDPH’s orange list, unless they have been fully vaccinated. Rush continues to discourage any unneccessary travel. 

For international travel, follow CDC guidance:
Avoid all nonessential international travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some health care systems are overwhelmed and there may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas. Many countries are implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and in-country travel may be unpredictable. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be disrupted, and you may have to remain outside the U.S. for an indefinite length of time. Travel restrictions and entry screening may apply to travelers arriving from some countries or regions with ongoing, widespread COVID-19.

You may be screened when you arrive in the U.S. If you have traveled to an area of higher risk, take the following steps upon your return to protect yourself and others:

  1. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for 14 days.
  2. Monitor your health for 14 days. Take your temperature two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  3. Keep at least 6 feet of distance from others.

Please know that Rush University’s Center for Clinical Wellness is available for counseling appointments and the Rush Wellness Assistance Program is available for 24/7 support. Both of these resources may be utilized by all students, faculty and staff at Rush University.

Business Travel

Rush has suspended all University participation in business travel, conferences or gatherings until further notice.