Weekly Update: A Change in Quarantine Guidelines
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends universal case investigation and contact tracing for COVID-19. However, those with symptoms should still report their condition to the university, which will notify individuals if they have been exposed to someone positive.
- People who are directly exposed to COVID-19 no longer need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic.
The CDC no longer recommends universal case investigation and contact tracing for COVID-19. However, those with symptoms should still report their condition to the university, which will notify individuals if they have been exposed to someone positive.
People notified that they have been exposed to someone positive will be provided with these instructions:
- Monitor for symptoms and wear a mask for 10 days.
- Testing is recommended on day five after exposure.
- Report back to the university if symptoms develop or your test is positive.
However, the individuals’ contacts will not be traced unless those individuals develop symptoms or test positive themselves. Also, quarantine guidelines have been updated (see below).
The CDC and the Florida Department of Health recently made changes to the quarantine guidelines for individuals exposed to someone with a COVID-19 infection.
Stetson University carefully assessed the changes and will adopt these new recommendations effective immediately.
If you were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (exposure means within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes within 24 hours):
- If you are asymptomatic, you do not need to quarantine. However, continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after exposure.
- If symptoms of COVID-19 develop, stay home and report your condition using the Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form. All exposures should continue to be reported to the university using this form as individuals will be contacted with instructions and assessed for clearance.
- Testing on day five after exposure is highly recommended.