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Health Commissioner's Quarantine Recommendations Letter - Return to Work with Instructions

Quarantine Instructions and and Release (Return-to-Work or K-12 School) Instructions after Contact With a COVID-Positive Person

The Scioto County Health Department has developed the following guidance for Release from Quarantine
for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 (have been in contact with a COVID-positive person).   
Please note that these are minimum recommendations for release from quarantine.  Employers may have stricter requirements for return-to-work after exposure to COVID-19, so please check with your employer
for their requirements.  

In general, people who have been in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 should quarantine (stay at home) for 5 days after their last date of exposure to the positive person.  If you develop symptoms or test positive, you will need to stay in longer.  The CDC recommends testing on Day 5 after the last exposure date.  Once out of quarantine, you should continue to wear a mask when around others for another 5 days.

Special Instructions for K-12 School Students and Staff:  If you are a K-12 school student or staff member AND if your school follows Ohio's "Mask-to-Stay" guidelines, you may continue to attend school after exposure to a positive, as long as ALL of the following conditions are met:
      1.  You don't have symptoms, and you don't develop any symptoms.  (If you develop symptoms after your
             exposure, you must stay home and notify the school.)
      2.  You wear a mask for at least 10 days after your last date of exposure to the positive.
      3.  Your school allows you to return.  Please check with your school.

Please see the Ohio Department of Health's flowchart for instructions on how long to quarantine after coming into contact with a COVID-positive person.   Note that there are different instructions for those who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines and those who are not up-to-date.  The CDC's updated criteria for quarantine state that people who are eligible for boosters (received 2nd dose of Moderna or Pfizer at least 5 months ago OR received a J&J dose at least 2 months ago) and have NOT yet received boosters are NOT considered up-to-date on COVID vaccine, and cannot use their vaccine status to get out of quarantining if exposed to a positive. 

To clarify:  If you are exposed to a positive, you do NOT if to quarantine if BOTH of the following criteria are met:
1.  You have no symptoms, and you remain without symptoms.  AND
2.  You are up-to-date on your COVID vaccines.  (This means that you have received a booster dose of any COVID vaccine, OR you have received a 2nd dose of Moderna less than 6 months ago, OR you have received a 2nd dose of Pfizer less than 5 months ago, OR you have received a dose of J&J vaccine less than 2 months ago.)
If you do not meet both of the above criteria, you should quarantine for at least 5 days after your exposure to the positive.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days before your new exposure AND you don't have or develop symptoms after your exposure, you do not have to quarantine, but you should wear a mask around others for 10 days after your new exposure.

 For an easy flowchart to explain your quarantine instructions, please click on the link below:
Ohio Department of Health - What to Do If You Were Exposed to Someone Who Has COVID-19

If you need a quarantine letter to return to work, you may print off a quarantine recommendations letter from the link below.  Be advised that these letters are NOT customized to your name and release date.  We are unable to provide you with a customized return-to-work-after-quarantine letter, because there is no way for us to verify your exposure to a positive.  Please follow the instructions below to determine your release date.  Note that there are different instructions depending on whether the Covid-positive person lives with you (household contact) or if your exposure was outside of your home (non-household contact).   

1.  Read the Health Commissioner's Isolation Recommendations Letter from the link below.
2.  Read and complete the COVID-19 Instructions for Quarantine / Release from Quarantine from the link
      below, and follow the instructions.