County’s amended health order allows for shortened quarantine following exposure

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Yolo County has modified its mass quarantine order to reflect changes in state guidance that allows for shortened quarantine periods following a COVID-19 exposure. Under the amended order, unvaccinated individuals who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a COVID-19 case and who remain asymptomatic may end quarantine after seven days if a COVID-19 test collected on Day 6 or later after exposure is negative. Any FDA authorized or laboratory-developed molecular or antigen test is an acceptable test for this purpose, according to the county. Generally all tests for the virus offered at public testing centers, health care provider offices and retail pharmacies meet this standard, including at-home tests. The amended health order also incorporates a modified quarantine opportunity for unvaccinated students who were in close contact with a COVID-19 case on a K-12 school campus while both parties were wearing face coverings. In this situation, if the exposed student remains asymptomatic and undergoes testing for COVID-19 twice weekly, they can remain in school for in-person instruction but cannot participate in extracurricular activities. “The shortened quarantine period of seven days will make it easier for exposed persons to comply with quarantine requirements, but does require a negative test on Day 6 or later,” said Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “There are many free testing locations in Yolo County that are available for our residents wishing to shorten their quarantine period,” Sisson added. Additionally, she said, “the modified quarantine option for students will help keep students in the classroom, where they learn best, but it will only be successful if students participate in the required twice-weekly testing. I urge all parents to register their children for free, on-campus testing that is now available in all public school districts in Yolo County through Healthy Yolo Together.” Fully vaccinated individuals with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have remained asymptomatic. However, Sisson recommends that fully vaccinated people be tested for COVID-19 after an exposure. All exposed people, even those who were fully vaccinated and do not have to self-quarantine, should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the last known exposure. If any symptoms develop during the 14-day period, the exposed person should immediately self-isolate, get tested and contact their healthcare provider with any questions regarding their care, Sisson said. For information about Yolo County’s COVID-19 vaccine program and opportunities to get vaccinated, visit www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine. Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for related information and resources.

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