Statement on CDC updating isolation and quarantine time period recommendations

Dec. 27, 2021

Statement on CDC updating isolation and quarantine time period recommendations

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm issued this statement today regarding CDC's announcement that they are updating recommendations for isolation and quarantine periods for the general population

Today, CDC announced it is updating its guidance on isolation and quarantine for the general public to include criteria for when shortened time periods can be applied for how long people should stay home if they test positive (isolation) or are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (quarantine). CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For more details, see CDC’s media statement: CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population.

We will review the guidance and update our Minnesota guidance and materials to align with these new recommendations as soon as the guidance becomes available from CDC.

As has happened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, officials have been following the science and updating public health recommendations to best reflect the current state of the pandemic. Taking steps to prevent spread of COVID-19 remains important so we can reduce severe illnesses and deaths and protect our health care system. We continue to recommend that people get vaccinated, get a booster when eligible, wear masks in indoor public places, get tested when recommended, wash hands frequently, and stay home when sick. 


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