On August 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control provided a new Summary of Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 as well as updated guidance regarding isolation. Relevant updates include the following:
- Quarantine is no longer recommended for people who have been exposed, regardless of their vaccination status.
- The exception to this is in “high-risk congregate settings such as correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and nursing homes.”
- In other settings such as homes, workplaces, and schools, people who have been exposed should follow the new post-exposure guidance which includes monitoring for symptoms, wearing a well-fitting mask when around others for up to 10 days after exposure (the day of most recent exposure is day 0), and testing on day 6.
- Social distancing is no longer a focus.
- Contact tracing is no longer necessary (except in health care settings and certain high risk congregate settings).
- There is also updated guidance specifically for schools.
Guidance regarding isolation remains largely the same: isolation through day 5 is recommended after testing positive or after developing symptoms, and masks are recommended when around others for Days 6-10.
- If a person has symptoms, day 0 is the day symptoms started, regardless of the date of positive test. Isolation can end after day 5 if the person is fever-free for 24 hours without medication and symptoms are improving.
- If a person has no symptoms and tests positive, day 0 is the date of testing (not the date the positive test was received). Isolation can end after day 5.
- If symptoms begin at any point, the clock starts over, and day 0 is the date of symptom onset.
Please contact Lake Effect if you need assistance updating your workplace preventive COVID policies to reflect these important changes.
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