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If I have an employee who has had unprotected exposure to a positive COVID patient, do they have to quarantine for 14 days?

  • Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • Employees who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
  • Employees who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease within the last three months and show no symptoms.

Refer to the employee exposure flow chart for more on what to do if an employee is exposed to COVID-19.

The CDC posted new guidelines on December 2, 2020, that provide an option to shorten the 14-day quarantine if certain criteria are met. Please note these guidelines do not replace the original recommended quarantine time frame of 14 days but add options if certain conditions are met. Curi has also developed a flowchart to assist in applying the new criteria.

Optional guidelines for ending quarantine early for persons who have unprotected exposures that require quarantine:

  • Quarantine may end after day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
  • Quarantine may end after day 7 if a negative diagnostic test is performed on or after day 5 post-exposure and no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring.
  • Other factors that must be in place are:
  • No clinical evidence of COVID-19 has been elicited by daily symptom monitoring during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which quarantine is discontinued; and
  • Daily symptom monitoring continues through quarantine Day 14; and
  • Self-isolating and reporting immediately should any symptoms occur; and
  • Persons are counseled regarding the need to adhere strictly to CDC precautions lasting through quarantine Day 14.
    • social distance
    • masking always (except when alone)
    • hand washing
    • disinfecting and avoid being around vulnerable populations if possible
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All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.