COVID-19 Quarantine Modifications
The Board and staff of the Webster County Health Unit fully recognize the importance of minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on our county’s residents wherever safely possible. To that end, the Board of the Health Unit has taken action to adopt four unique allowable modifications (see below) to the CDC’s recommended 14-day quarantine period for persons exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. These modifications may be adopted but are not required anywhere in Webster County. Where applicable, certain conditions/stipulations must be met for these modifications to be utilized/implemented. Businesses/Agencies who will be implementing any of these modifications in their setting are encouraged to register with the Health Unit for updates by going to https://forms.gle/eT7aokaafkAssAvB8.
|DATE||PCR POSITIVITY RATE||CASE RATE|
|(goal <9%)||(goal <99/100,000)|
|February 08, 2021||7.3%||78/100,000|
|February 15, 2021||5.1%||48/100,000|
|February 22, 2021||2.7%||13/100,000|
|March 01, 2021||3.2%||25/100,000|
|March 08, 2021||1.9%||10/100,000|
|March 15, 2021||2.2%||13/100,000|
|March 22, 2021||5.4%||33/100,000|
|March 29, 2021||4.1%||30/100,000|
|April 05, 2021||3.0%||20/100,000|
|April 12, 2021||5.5%||38/100,000|
|April 19, 2021||5.7%||40/100,000|
|April 26, 2021||9.8%||45/100,000|
|May 03, 2021||3.5%||25/100,000|
|May 10, 2021||0.4%||3/100,000|
School Based Exposure With Proper Mask Usage:
- All of the students involved must have been properly utilizing face covering masks.
- The students must continue to properly use face covering masks.
- The students/parents must self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms present, must self-isolate and notify their primary care physician or the county health department.
- The quarantined students are not eligible to participate in extracurricular activities during the quarantine period.
- When not in school, standard quarantine guidelines apply.
Exposure to a Case After Being Diagnosed With COVID-19:
In a situation where someone is exposed to a case (referred to herein as contact) and that person has previously had a PCR or antigen diagnosis of COVID-19, that person would not be required to quarantine with the following stipulations being met:
- The contact must be within 90 days of their onset of symptoms date from their diagnosis of COVID-19.
- The contact must self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms present, must self-isolate and notify their primary care physician or the county health department.
Fully Vaccinated Persons with an Exposure to a Suspected or Confirmed Case:
Fully vaccinated people (≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.
Fully vaccinated people who do not quarantine should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated, and inform their health care provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.
Fully vaccinated residents of non-healthcare congregate settings (e.g., correctional and detention facilities, group homes) should continue to quarantine for 14 days and be tested for SARS-CoV-2 following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. This is because residential congregate settings may face high turnover of residents, a higher risk of transmission, and challenges in maintaining recommended physical distancing.
Fully vaccinated employees of non-healthcare congregate settings and other high-density workplaces (e.g., meat and poultry processing and manufacturing plants) with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine following an exposure; however, testing following an exposure and through routine workplace screening programs (if present) is still recommended.
10 Day Quarantine Modification with a 7 Day Test Out Option:
In a situation where a contact wishes to end quarantine prior to the 14-day CDC recommended period, said contact may opt to end quarantine after completing 10 days in quarantine, or 7 days with the following stipulations:
- To implement the 10 day / 7 day modified quarantine the county needs to have a 14-day PCR positivity rate at 9% or less, and a 7-day case rate of 99 or less per 100,000 population, utilizing CDC guidelines found at https://showmestrong.mo.gov/data/public-health/county/. This information will be reported weekly on Monday.
- The above threshold must be met for a period of 14 days before this modification may be utilized.
- Any time that the positivity rate and/or case rate rises above this threshold, this modification shall no longer be utilized.
- This modification would allow individuals to end quarantine without being tested at 10 days if they
- Have been and remain asymptomatic,
- Agree to self-monitor for the full 14 days,
- And isolate and contact the health department or their provider if they become symptomatic.
- It further allows for a similar end of quarantine after day 7 if they have received a negative PCR or antigen test on or after day 5 of quarantine.
In all circumstances it is imperative to remember that the CDC continues to recommend a 14-day quarantine period for contacts to a case and encourages the use of social distancing, hand hygiene, and proper usage of face covering masks. Please refer any questions to Scott Allen at email@example.com, and don’t forget to register for updates by going to https://forms.gle/eT7aokaafkAssAvB8.