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COVID-19 quarantine guide

 
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. This helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they have the virus.

Who needs to quarantine?
People who have been in close contact* with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.

The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days.

If you were tested because you came in contact with a person who tested positive
Even though your test came back negative, stay home and quarantine yourself for 14 days starting on the date of your last contact with the person who tested positive. If you live with the person who tested positive and that person cannot isolate, the 14 days starts the day that person’s symptoms resolved. This is important because you may not be showing symptoms and could be spreading the virus. It takes 2 – 14 days for symptoms to appear and you could still become positive.

If you start experiencing symptoms, get tested again. Go to MyPrevea.com to schedule your test.
 
When does quarantine end?
The CDC recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives per the CDC:
  • Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing AND if no symptoms have developed.
  • Quarantine can end after Day 7 with a negative antigen or PCR test AND if no symptoms have developed. The specimen must be collected and tested within 48 hours (ideally tested on Day 6) before the time of quarantine discontinuation). Quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
 
With both of these options, additional criteria (e.g., continued symptom monitoring and masking through Day 14) must be met. In addition, if symptoms develop at any time isolate yourself and contact your local public health authority or health care provider to report this change.
 
Prevea continues to support a 14-day quarantine and recognizes that anything less than 14 days does come with a small risk as people can still contract the virus on Day 11, 12, 13 and 14 of their quarantine.

Scenario 1: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 – You will not have any further close contact with the infected person.

 

Example: I have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19; and will not have further contact or interaction with them while they are sick.

Example: I am quarantined because of close contact. Can my family members or those I live with leave the home?

  • Yes. Since those you live with were not in close contact with someone that has tested positive, they would not be required to quarantine.
 
The 14-day quarantine period begins at the last close contact with the person who tested positive.

Quarantine guide - calendar 1


Scenario 2: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 – live with the person and can avoid further close contact.

 

Example: I live with someone who has COVID-19 (family member, spouse, child, roommate, etc.) and that person can be isolated by staying in a separate bedroom. I have not had and will not have further close contact with the person since they isolated.

Example: I have tested positive for COVID-19. Can my family members or those I live with leave the home?

  • No. They will be expected to quarantine following the guideline in this scenario or those under scenario 3 or 4 as applicable.
 
The 14-day quarantine period begins at the last close contact with the person who tested positive.

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Scenario 3: I am under quarantine and have had additional close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

 

Example: I have a household member who has just been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have already started my quarantine from a previous COVID-19 contact. I have had to care for my household member several days after my quarantine started.
 

The 14-day quarantine period will begin again at the last contact with the positive person. Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine.

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Scenario 4: I live with someone who has COVID-19 and I cannot avoid continued close contact.

 

Example: My child or spouse tests positive for COVID-19 and I need to provide direct care for that person.

Example: Someone in my home tests positive for COVID-19 and we do not have a separate bedroom to isolate in while that person is sick, or we live in close quarters where I am unable to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
 

The 14-day quarantine begins after the person who tests positive meets the criteria to end home isolation (at least 10 days from symptom start; 24 hours fever free and symptoms improving).

Quarantine guide - calendar 4


Scenario 5: I have had contact with someone who had contact with someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Example: I found out my child’s teacher has a household member with COVID-19. Does my child need to be tested or quarantined?

  • The teacher will fall under the quarantine guidelines outlined above based on close contact. Your child will not need to be tested or quarantined since they did not have close contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 
*A close contact includes:
  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Source: CDC (2020, Dec. 2) Options to reduce quarantine
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