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Amended quarantine protocols

Effective 1 August 2021​

Upon receiving revised quarantine guidance from the CDC and with acceptance by LDH, the following revisions are now in place for quarantine:

Isolation

Regardless of vaccination status, if you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate until the following has occurred:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared (or positive test date if asymptomatic) and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation

Additionally, you should consider the following:

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around other people if able

Quarantine

Fully vaccinated individuals with either both doses of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson and Johnson:

  • You do not have to quarantine. It is recommended that you test immediately and if the test result is negative then retest again on days five through seven as long as you remain symptom free. You should wear a mask in public until a negative result is received. (LDH guidance)

Unvaccinated individuals that have been exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine for the following:

  • 7 days – If you remain symptom free then you can test on day five or after. With a negative result you may end your quarantine period after seven days.
  • 10 days – If you remain symptom free and choose not to test then you can end your quarantine period after 10 days have passed.

Someone who has COVID-19 illness within the previous three months and has recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) does not have to quarantine.