COVID-19: When to Quarantine

We have received several calls on when or if employees should quarantine.  Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. The Center for Disease Controls (CDC) provides the following guidance on who should 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”.  This leads to the question, “What is close contact?”. Close contact is defined as:
*  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)
*  You shared eating or drinking utensils
*  They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Steps to take:
*  Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
*  Watch for fever (100.4F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
*  If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are a higher risk for getting sick.

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