Safety & Wellness: Covid19 Protocols Update

Safety & Wellness: Covid19 Protocols Update
Posted on 12/07/2020
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At the Governor’s press conference on Thursday December 4, modifications to current quarantine guidelines for persons with no symptoms were announced by Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health. The guidelines were passed down by the CDC on Wednesday, December 3. Please see a summary, below:

A Quarantine Period is required for someone identified as a Probable Close Contact to an individual who tests positive for Covid-19.  The incubation period of the virus that causes Covid-19 is up to 14 days. Therefore, the safest quarantine period would last 14 days from the most recent exposure to the positive patient. During quarantine, individuals must remain isolated in their household.

In accordance with new CDC guidelines, quarantine can end after 10 days without testing if no symptoms have occurred. Or, it can end after 7 days if no symptoms have occurred and a test returned a negative result. Note that the test sample must have been collected at least 5 days after exposure. Send-off PCR tests are preferred, but rapid PCR or antigen tests are acceptable.

If you are exposed again during quarantine, the period must start over again. If you develop symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 during the quarantine period, you must follow the instructions for isolating yourself.

The existing guidelines that require a 10-day quarantine period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 remain unchanged.

Find more details at our COVID-19 Updates page, here.

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