COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Guidance
Beginning mid-November, JCHD enlisted in the help of new COVID-19 cases to notify all their family, friends, coworkers, and others who may need to self-quarantine for 14 days*. The educational materials below outline guidance cases and contacts should follow.
Individuals Diagnosed with COVID-19 (Cases)
If you live in Jessamine County and test positive for COVID-19, please begin your isolation period immediately, and you will be contacted by the health department as soon as possible. We are also asking you to start contacting anyone who you have been in close contact with to help slow the spread. We will only be able to follow up on contacts in certain higher-risk situations so that our team can focus on identifying and contacting the increasing number of new cases and isolating them.
Convalescent Plasma Donation: If you were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and have fully recovered, your plasma may contain antibodies which could help other critically ill COVID-19 patients. If you are interested in possibly being contacted about this program, please visit the following website to complete the form: https://kybloodcenter.org/convalescent-plasma-donation/.
Individuals Exposed to COVID-19 (Contacts)
Who is a “close contact”?
A close contact is someone who lives in a home with a person with confirmed or probable COVID-19 infection or someone who spent 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of an infectious person, with or without a mask. People with COVID-19 (“cases”) are considered to be infectious from two days before symptoms started or two days before they tested for COVID-19, whichever date is earlier.
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you are at higher risk of developing infection with COVID-19, which could happen any time within 14 days after your last close exposure.
*New CDC Guidance released on 12/3 states three different ways a close contact can quarantine as long the individual has NO symptoms:
- Quarantine for 14 days; especially if you are going to be around people that are high-risk for the virus: elderly, people with co-morbidities, immunocompromised (Recommended)
- Quarantine for 10 days if you have NO symptoms
- Quarantine for 7 days if you have a negative COVID-19 test on or after Day 5 and have NO symptoms
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