• Who is required to quarantine?
Any person that is considered a close contact to a person that tested positive for COVID-19.
• What is a close contact?
A close contact is any person who was within 6 feet of the person with COVID-19 for 10 consecutive minutes or more.
• How long is quarantine?
Quarantine is 10 days, beginning the day after contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
• Is there any way to shorten quarantine?
Yes. If the person in quarantine does not develop any symptoms, he or she is eligible to have a PCR test completed on day 6 of quarantine. If this test is negative, he or she may return on day 8.
• Can a rapid COVID-19 test or antibody testing be used to shorten quarantine?
No. Only PCR testing will allow a shortened quarantine period.
• Is there any time that a person would not need to quarantine?
Yes. A person who is not having symptoms would not have to quarantine with one of the following pieces of documentation:
Documentation of a positive COVID-19 test within the last 6 months .
Documentation from a medical provider at the time of illness that the person is presumptively positive for COVID-19. This illness must have occurred within the last 6 months.
The county is now checking for variants of the COVID virus. If a person who has tested positive is found to have a variant, close contacts will need to quarantine for 14 days. They are not eligible for the shortened 10 day quarantine period or the early release with testing on day 6. Those who are 2 weeks out from completing their covid vaccination series, provided that the vaccine was in the last 6 months, or those who have had COVID-19 in the last 6 months, will not need to quarantine unless symptomatic.