Oregon is shortening quarantine and isolation length times

Dec 10 2020, 8:04 pm

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced Wednesday that they have adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to reduce quarantine times for those who’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

Although both the OHA and CDC currently recommend a quarantine period of 14 days, certain circumstances will allow those in quarantine to shorten their isolation times.

According to the OHA, quarantine can end after day 10 for a person in quarantine and has no symptoms. If a person who is in quarantine receives a negative test and has no symptoms, quarantine can end after seven days. Within 48 hours of ending quarantine, the person must be tested for coronavirus again.

Those who’ve left quarantine early can still transmit the infection to others and must continue monitoring symptoms and wearing masks, but OHA says that the chance of transmission is small.

If you develop symptoms, you should continue to avoid contact with others and call your healthcare provider to discuss testing.

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