The new recommendations provide additional options for individuals who cannot quarantine for 14 days. For optimal prevention of COVID-19 transmission, individuals should quarantine for 14 days following an exposure to someone with COVID-19. There are now two options for a shorter quarantine period.
Exposed individuals who have no symptoms of COVID-19 can shorten their quarantine to 7 days if they get a negative result from a PCR test (nasal swab or saliva) taken no earlier than on day 5 of their quarantine. If the test is negative and the person has NO symptoms, the person may resume activities on day 8. If someone chooses not to get tested, they will need to remain in quarantine for 10 days and can resume activities on day 11 if they have NO symptoms.
Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and get tested if symptoms develop.
Due to high risk situations, residents in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and prisons are not eligible for the shortened quarantine period.