The CDC released new guidelines on Wednesday, 12/2, that allow for an optional shortening of quarantine after a significant exposure to COVID. The definition of a significant exposure has not changed (total of 15 minutes – at once or combined – spent within 6 feet of someone who tests positive). The CDC still “continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus.”However, the CDC “now recommends two additional options for how long quarantine should last”:
- Quarantine can end on Day 7 after receiving a negative test result (on Day 7).
- Quarantine can end on Day 10 without testing.
These options assume that the person exposed avoids any further contact with the person who tested positive and that the person exposed remains asymptomatic.
Children’s Medical Group is offering testing for COVID at all three locations (rapid/in-house and PCR testing available). If you have been exposed or are showing any symptoms of COVID, please call our office at 601-362-8776 or request an appointment online at childrensmedicalgroup.net.