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CDC Makes Changes to Quarantine Guidelines

Posted on: December 8, 2020

Last week we sent you an email letting you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was looking to change their guidance on quarantines for COVID-19. They did make those changes late last week. The CDC now recommends two additional options for how long quarantine should last. If you are being quarantined because you have been identified as being a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you have no symptoms, your quarantine can end either:

  • On day 10 without testing, if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring (meaning you can return on day 11). This option does not require the individual under quarantine to receive a negative PCR test. However, the individual would need to self-monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 through day 14. 

  • On day 7, from the last close contact with a confirmed case, AND a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, 5 days after the exposure to the positive case. It is the responsibility of the person in quarantine to get a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) from a sample collected on day five or later after last exposure AND stay at home for at least seven days after last exposure. Christy Salek, our Kings Contact Tracer will calculate and provide you with the 5th day from exposure.  

With both of these options, it is the responsibility of the person in quarantine to monitor their temperature and symptoms twice daily for the full 14 days after exposure to COVID-19. To learn more about the CDC's decision visit Coronavirus Disease 2019 Quarantine Following Possible COVID-19 Exposure

After stopping quarantine, students and staff must watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure. If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your building or Kings Contact Tracer, Christy Salek at 513-398-8050, ext. 77777. Please also continue to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds and large gatherings, and take any other steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.