CDC Updates Quarantine Guidance
CCCHD Press Release
Clark County, Ohio – The Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) have recently updated their guidance on the duration of quarantine for individuals that are exposed to COVID-19. Effective immediately, CCCHD will begin to follow these new recommended options. There are now three options for quarantining:
- The first, is a 14-day quarantine from the last known exposure with the COVID-19 positive individual. This is the preferred option.
- The second option is a 10-day quarantine from the last known exposure, while continuing to monitor symptoms through day 14.
- The third option is a 7-day quarantine AND a negative test result from a sample collected on day five or later after exposure, while continuing to monitor symptoms through day 14.
Quarantine is intended to reduce the risk that infected persons might unknowingly transmit infection to others. It also ensures that persons who become symptomatic or are otherwise diagnosed during quarantine can be rapidly brought to care and evaluated. Although the full 14 days is still the preferred and safest strategy for quarantine, Public Health recognizes it can impose personal burdens that may affect physical and mental health as well as cause economic hardship that may reduce compliance. Therefore, one of the reduced duration options may fit best for your situation. Some organizations may still choose to require the full 14-day quarantine and CCCHD supports that decision.
The changes to shorten duration of quarantine places a larger emphasis on social distancing and wearing masks. CCCHD encourages all residents to continue to follow guidelines to slow the spread of the disease, whether you are in quarantine or not.
If you are currently in quarantine and would like to discuss a shortened timeline, contact CCCHD at 937-390-5600.
People with questions about COVID-19 can call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center, 7 days a week from 9AM – 8PM at: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).