Governor Eric Holcomb gives COVID-19 update on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Indianapolis Star

As college students prepare to head home for the holidays, top Indiana health officials are encouraging them to behave as if they have tested positive for COVID-19. 

“When you get home, plan to spend those 14 days in quarantine,” Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said Wednesday during the state’s weekly coronavirus briefing. 

Box during the briefing encouraged students to wear a mask at their house, use their own bathroom when possible and avoid seeing elderly relatives until they’ve completed a two-week quarantine without symptoms of the virus. 

“And please don’t head out to the bars or hang out with all the friends you haven’t seen for months,” Box said. “You need to keep those social bubbles small.”

Indiana in recent weeks has experienced a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths. The state