County rescinds mass quarantine order

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Effective immediately, Yolo County residents who have been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms are no longer required to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status, unless they live or work in a high-risk setting.

Such settings include homeless and emergency shelters, healthcare settings, correctional facilities and longterm care facilities.

Previously, unvaccinated individuals were expected to quarantine following a close contact.

Exposed individuals should still get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after an exposure and wear a mask around others for 10 days, but can continue to work, go to school, and participate in normal activities as long as they have no symptoms, according to a statement from the county announcing the mass quarantine order was being rescinded.

The mass isolation order remains in effect, requiring isolation for individuals who have tested positive.

“I am rescinding the local quarantine order in order to reduce confusion created by having different guidance at the local and state levels,” said Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “The change recognizes that COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, with transmission levels decreasing and safe, effective vaccines available.”

As the incubation period of circulating variants of the virus has grown shorter (now averaging two to three days), quarantine has become less useful, with many exposed individuals receiving notification of an exposure after their incubation period ended, Sisson said.

Decline in data
Yolo County residents outside of Davis will have bit less data to go on now that the county has changed its COVID-19 data reporting.

The county last week stopped updating a local dashboard that for two years has provided information on cases, test positivity, testing, hospitalizations and deaths countywide as well as data broken down by individual city in the county showing cases and deaths on a daily basis.

Now the county’s COVID-19 webpage links to state data that is updated twice a week and provides cases, hospitalizations and deaths countywide.

John Fout, public information officer for the county, said, “we decided to use the state data for consistency because the local data has been relatively consistent as the case rate dropped over the last few months.”

However, he said, “we continue to monitor local data; we will publish any significant change.”

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