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What does it mean to quarantine?

Quarantine is required when someone has been in close contact with another person who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated and showing no symptoms.

Individuals who are in quarantine will be required to follow the following guidelines: 

  • Stay home for 7-10 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

Individual scenarios:

  • Returning Traveler (non-vaccinated):
    • If you have traveled and your travel destination is experiencing community spread of COVID-19, it is recommended that you self-quarantine for 7-10 days upon your return. The date of quarantine will begin on the first day you arrive home. If you have questions about your destination’s status, you should check your destination’s local health department website.
    • You should monitor your symptoms each day.  If you develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider and let them know that you have traveled and now have symptoms. You will be given additional instructions and may be tested.
    • If you need Emergency Medical Services, upon calling 911, let the dispatcher know that you have traveled and now have symptoms.
  • Positive Case:
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
    • The Health Department will work with you to identify contacts you have had with the public. You are encouraged to contact everyone with whom you've had close contact 48 hours prior to symptom onset as soon as you receive your positive result. 
    • You will need to remain in isolation during the duration of your illness and will be notified by the Health Department when you may leave isolation.
    • If your symptoms become more severe and need treatment, call your healthcare provider and let them know you are positive for COVID-19.
    • If you need Emergency Medical Services, upon calling 911, let the dispatcher know that you are positive for COVID-19.
  • Contacts of a positive case:
    • Individuals who are not vaccinated need to quarantine if they were within six feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes.
    • If you had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 48 hours prior to symptom onset and have not yet been contacted by the Health Department, you should begin self-quarantine by staying at home and away from others even if you don’t feel sick.
    • If you do not develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, you can be released from quarantine after 10 days from your last known contact with a positive COVID-19 individual.
    • If you are tested after 5 days of quarantine and receive a negative result, you can be released from quarantine after 7 days.
    • If your symptoms worsen and need treatment, call your healthcare provider and let them know you are in quarantine for potential exposure to COVID-19.
    • If you need Emergency Medical Services, upon calling 911, let the dispatcher know that you are in quarantine for potential exposure to COVID-19.

Information for employers:

  • If you have an employee who has tested positive:
    • You will be notified by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department that you have an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • That employee will be required to be isolated until released by the Health Department.
    • The Health Department will work with the employer to develop a list of other employees who may have had contact with the employee who tested positive.
    • Employees who are not vaccinated and meet requirements for quarantine will need to stay at home for 7-10 days from the last date of exposure. 
    • CDC guidelines are used to determine potential contact which is based on a definition of close contact:
      • Being within approximately 6 ft of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged time such as caring for someone, living with someone, working regularly within 6 feet of someone.
      • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (an example would be being coughed on)
  • If you have an employee who is a contact of a positive COVID-19 case:
    • Employees who are in quarantine may not return to work until notified by the Health Department.
  • If you have an employee who is a close contact of a person under a precautionary quarantine (as described above):
    • This employee is allowed to work with no restrictions.
    • If the person under precautionary quarantine becomes symptomatic, this employee will be contacted by the Health Department with further instructions.