DHS announces new COVID-19 quarantine guidance, shorter duration for close contacts

Coronavirus

(WFRV) – In response to new guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health Services (DHS) has updated quarantine guidance for close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

DHS says the updated guidance will go into effect for Wisconsinites on Monday, Dec. 7.

“For many, there may be barriers that make quarantining for a full 14 days extremely challenging. While a shorter quarantine carries the additional risk of spreading COVID-19, when done responsibly, it can make quarantining easier for more Wisconsinites,” says DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.

While a 14-day quarantine is still the safest option, DHS says this new guidance takes into account emerging scientific evidence on quarantine periods and recognizes the difficulty many Wisconsinites may have complying with the full 14-day quarantine.

DHS now allows that people who do not develop symptoms can end their quarantine:

  • After completing day 10 of quarantine without testing.
  • After completing day 7 of quarantine and receiving a negative test result (molecular or antigen) that was collected within 48 hours of the end of quarantine.

DHS says people must continue to monitor for symptoms for the full 14 days. If symptoms develop following the end of quarantine, people are advised to immediately isolate, contact their health care provider, and get tested.

DHS is currently working to update all communication and guidance materials to reflect this change.

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