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City updates guidance for COVID-19 isolation, quarantine, other precautions

CITY HALL – Health officials have updated the city’s recommendations for managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s website offers six pages of information and advice. Here are some of the key points:

Isolation is the separation of people who have a contagious disease. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 should stay in isolation for at least five days until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours
without medication, and a full ten days unless they can get an antigen test at day five and it shows they are no longer contagious. Even after recovering from the virus, people must also continue to properly wear a mask around others for ten days after the start of symptoms or the positive test.

Quarantine is the separation of people without symptoms who were exposed to a
contagious disease. That can prevent them from spreading the disease to others if they do have the disease.

Full vaccination status: People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson and Johnson/Janssen). There is currently no post-vaccination time limit on fully vaccinated status. Additional doses and boosters are not required to be considered fully vaccinated.

Lingering virus: Viral RNA may be detected for several weeks or months after someone is no longer infectious.

Face masks: The CDC advises the wearing of face masks for everyone who can, when in public spaces and
when around anyone who does not live in the same household. Cloth masks must fit snugly and should be washed regularly; medical procedure masks are single-use. A fitted cloth mask worn
over a medical procedure mask provides excellent protection.

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