In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a Contra Costa County health order issued today has shortened the quarantine period for most individuals who had close contact with persons diagnosed with COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days.
Also, the updated health order prohibits employees of detention facilities and long-term care facilities from returning to work for four days after completion of the 10-day quarantine requirement.
A person considered as having close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 live in or have stayed overnight with them, provided care for them without wearing protective gear, or attended a social gathering with them, health officials said.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate for at least 10 days whether or not they have symptoms. If their COVID-19 symptoms are mild, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days after their symptoms first appeared. Those who still have a cough and fever after 10 days should continue to stay home until 24 hours after the fever has gone away and other symptoms improve, according to health officials.