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UPDATED Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts

UPDATED Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts 


The CDC released options to reduce quarantine for close contacts of persons with COVID-19 using symptoms monitoring and diagnostic testing. Oconto Unified School District has discussed the recommendations with OCPH, Oconto County Public Health.


Our past practice has been to follow the 14 Day Quarantine: While OCPH continues to recommend a quarantine period of 14 days for Close Contacts as the best option to limit the spread of COVID-19, OCPH understands that is not always possible, and OCPH finds the below Medium and High Risk Options to be acceptable alternatives. Starting on December 8, 2020  Per recommendation from OCPH, Oconto county Public Health, we will defer to option 1 and 2 when giving guidance for quarantine.


  1. **10 Day Quarantine: Quarantine may end after Day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. Continued symptom monitoring and masking must continue through Day 14.


  1. **7 Day Quarantine: Quarantine may end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative, and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. Continued symptom monitoring and masking must continue through Day 14. A specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the end of Day 7, but quarantine may not be discontinued until after Day 7. A COVID-19 test should occur on day 6 or 7 for this option to work.

  1. A negative result must be received before you return to work or daily activities with this option.  The earliest you could resume normal activities with this option would be on Day 8.



Daily symptom monitoring must continue through Day 14. If symptoms develop at any time, individuals should immediately self-isolate and get tested. Individuals must adhere strictly to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, (i.e., consistent mask use, social distancing, and avoiding gatherings) for the full 14 days after exposure. 


Updated Quarantine options for Close Contact as of 12/8/2020:




Household Contacts of Positive Cases

Due to ongoing exposure, household contacts that are unable to completely separate from the positive case are required to quarantine for the duration the positive case is in isolation and an additional 7-14 days from the positive case's last day of isolation. See quarantine options above. 

Household contacts may be quarantined for more than 7-14 days.

DISCLAIMER: The above guidance is based upon recommendations and information obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

(CDC), and from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), but is not a substitute for medical advice from a medical professional. When health concerns arise, you should contact your primary care physician for medical advice as soon as possible.