On Wednesday, December 2, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced significant changes to its guidance regarding COVID-19 quarantines, lowering it from the previous standard of 14 days. You can review the full guidelines here.
- A person can end self-quarantine at seven days after exposure if they test negative and have had no symptoms. The test can be a PCR or rapid test and should be taken within 48 hours of the end of the quarantine period.
- Without a test, a person should self-quarantine for 10 days and monitor symptoms for four more days.
The guidance says when a shortened quarantine is in place, the following also should be in place through 14 days after exposure:
- Daily symptom monitoring
- Mitigation strategies, including correctly and consistently wearing a face covering and social distancing
CDC officials said that most individuals become infectious and experience symptoms within five days of exposure, but some of those who are exposed don’t develop symptoms until up to two weeks after exposure.
State health officials have advised us that we can immediately begin following the new guidance and can apply it to students and/or employees who may currently be in quarantine and are outside the new quarantine window/protocols.
Immediate Guidance for Edmond Parents/Staff
- A person who has been quarantined on, or prior to Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving), is eligible to return on or after Thursday, December 3 with a negative test result within the previous 48 hrs. The person must also not have symptoms.
- Anyone quarantined on, or prior to Monday, November 23rd can now return to school or work on or after Thursday, December 3rd, as long as they are not showing symptoms.