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Updated CDC Guidance on Quarantine Length for Exposed Individuals - July, 2021

On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for the employment setting for a fully vaccinated individual who is asymptomatic but was in close contact with someone with COVID-19. While isolation is still not recommended, the CDC now recommends that the individual get tested 3-5 days after the exposure and wear a mask indoors for 14 days or until a negative test is received. The key factor remains that the individual remains asymptomatic.

This updated guidance is outlined in the chart below which addresses return to work scenarios under the current CDC guidance.

Situation

CDC Guidance on Return to Work

Critical Infrastructure

Positive test and symptoms

Symptom Based:

 

  • At least 10 days from the onset of symptoms

  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications

  • Improvement in other symptoms

Test Based: If recommended by healthcare provider, 2 negative tests in a row taken at least 24 hours apart.

Vaccination status does not matter

Sources:

No change

No test or negative test and symptoms

Symptom Based:

 

  • At least 10 days from the onset of symptoms

  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications

  • Improvement in other symptoms

Test Based: If recommended by healthcare provider, 2 negative tests in a row taken at least 24 hours apart.

Vaccination status does not matter

Sources:

No change

Positive test without symptoms

Time Based: 10 days since positive test

Test Based: If recommended by healthcare provider, 2 negative tests in a row taken at least 24 hours apart.

Vaccination status does not matter

Sources:

No change

Exposed with symptoms

Symptom Based:

 

  • At least 10 days from the onset of symptoms

  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications

  • Improvement in other symptoms

Test Based: If recommended by healthcare provider, 2 negative tests in a row taken at least 24 hours apart.

Vaccination status does not matter

Sources:

No change

 

*** as of 7/28/2021

© 2021 Jones Walker LLPNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 210
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Christopher S. Mann Labor and Employment Lawyer Jones Walker Law Firm
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Chris Mann is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He focuses on defending employers in litigation.

Chris primarily represents and advises clients in employment-related disputes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and state law counterparts.

Chris also concentrates on defending workers' compensation and related retaliation claims, as well as on advising clients on the handling of such matters. In addition, he routinely consults and advises management and...

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