Contra Costa County revises health order to shorten quarantine period

Encouraging COVID-19 data prompts county health order update
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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.

To read the full health order, go here. For further instructions on home quarantine for close contacts, go here.