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.

DATEPCR POSITIVITY RATECASE RATE
 (goal <9%)(goal <99/100,000)
   
February 08, 20217.3%78/100,000
February 15, 20215.1%48/100,000
February 22, 20212.7%13/100,000
   

School Based Exposure With Proper Mask Usage:

In a situation where students are exposed to someone who is found to be positive for COVID-19 (referred to herein as case), where all students are properly and by CDC guidelines utilizing face covering masks, the exposed students are eligible to participate in a modified quarantine period. This modification lasts for a period of 14 days following the last exposure to the case and includes the following stipulations:

  • 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.

Vaccinated Persons with an Exposure to a Suspected or Confirmed Case:

In a situation where someone who is fully vaccinated is exposed to a case, that person would not need to quarantine with the following stipulations being met:

  • The contact must be fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥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).
  • The contact must be within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series.
  • The contact must have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

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 sallen@webstercohealth.com, and don’t forget to register for updates by going to https://forms.gle/eT7aokaafkAssAvB8.

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