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New CDC quarantine guidance

By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

I have attached the new quarantine guidance from the CDC that the state of Kentucky has adopted as an option. This is for your planning purposes. There are still some cases where the exposure was extremely high risk and a contact might be asked to quarantine for 14 days, however many will likely fall under this new guidance. Remember, the new guidance is ONLY for CONTACTS, not confirmed cases.

12/03/2020 Guidance for the New CDC COVID-19 Quarantine Options: If you are exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, you should go into quarantine. Your time in quarantine will keep you from spreading the virus to others, if you are infected and have no symptoms. When in quarantine, you should wear your mask indoors and outdoors. Do not mix with other people outside of your household at all, and mix with the people you live with only if absolutely necessary.

Three different ways you can quarantine as long as you have NO symptoms:
  • 1. Quarantine for 14 days; especially if you are going to be around people that are high-risk for the virus: elderly, people with co-morbidities, immunocompromised (Recommended)
  • 2. Quarantine for 10 days if you have NO symptoms
  • 3. Quarantine for 7 days if you have a negative COVID-19 test on or after Day 5 and have NO symptoms

Take steps to protect yourself and others:
  • Stay away from people you live with -- use a separate room and bathroom, if possible
  • Do not go to work, school, or other places outside your home
  • Do not allow others into your home
  • Ask friends or family to bring groceries, medicines, or supplies, and to drop them off without face-to-face contact.
If you need support or help call your healthcare provider, local health department, or 1-844-KYTRACE.

This story was posted on 2020-12-11 08:17:08
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