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SLO Co. Health Department offers two options for quarantining

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Posted at 11:43 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 02:43:15-05

The San Luis Obispo County Health Department is offering two options for quarantining after COVID-19 exposure.

The Department is recommending most people follow the 14-day quarantine, given it's the most cautious option.

However, people who are asymptomatic and don't work in a high-risk setting can quarantine for 10-days, according to the press release.

This change was announced on Dec. 8 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But local public health authorities can choose the length suited to the area.

Even under the 10-day quarantine, the Department said people must adhere to COVID-19 precautions such as wearing a mask and social distancing. If they begin to exhibit symptoms, they must isolate and contact the Public Health Department.

“This approach balances a reduced burden of quarantine, including physical and mental health benefits and more complete compliance, against a small possibility of increasing the spread of the virus,” Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer, said in the press release. “It is a good option for some essential workers who are able to strictly follow COVID-19 precautions.”

The Department also said they are not adopting the seven-day quarantine for those with a negative test result, because it could result in a higher likelihood of transmission.