We would like to make sure you are aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released updated quarantine guidance for people who have been exposed to COVID-19. According to the CDC, “a person who has been exposed to and is identified as a close contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to quarantine, which involves staying home and away from other people, for a designated period in order to prevent further spread of disease.”

The updated guidance retains the option for a 14-day quarantine, but people without symptoms may now reduce their quarantine to either seven or 10 days, depending on whether they get tested.

The CDC now provides two options to shorten the typical 14-day quarantine period:

  • Quarantine can end after 10 days if the person has not developed any symptoms. A test is not required.
  • Quarantine can end after seven days if the person tests negative for COVID-19 on day five, six or seven of the quarantine and has not developed any symptoms.

Both options require that the person in quarantine adhere to the strict practices of masking, hand-washing, social distancing and daily monitoring for any symptoms through day 14.

You can find more COVID-19 information and resources from State of Indiana and on our COVID-19 Employer Updates Web Page.