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Quarantine Basics
Brian Garrard
Thursday, October 01, 2020

Quarantine Basics

Below is a quick overview of health department quarantine and contact tracing rules, guidelines, procedures, etc:

  • Students/Staff will be quarantined for 10 days from a positive Covid-19 test result.

  • Students/Staff being tested for Covid-19 are asked to quarantine until test results come back.  This includes school age siblings/relatives of the individual awaiting test results (if they reside in the same house).

  • Students/Staff who have been determined to have been in close contact with a Covid-19 positive individual will be quarantined for 14 days.  Individuals can not test out of quarantine.

  • In situations where family members are unable to self-isolate from one another, quarantine times could last for 24 days (10 days for the positive case and then another 14 days after).

  • Close contact for the purposes of contact tracing is defined as within six feet of a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes (cumulative not consecutive).

  • Contact tracing goes back 48 hours from the onset of symptoms or 48 hours from a positive Covid-19 test result.

  • The health department will be the one to contact you for quarantining purposes due to contact tracing.

  • A positive Covid-19 test result provides immunity for 90 days.  After that, the individual is again subject to quarantine and testing.

For specific questions regarding quarantine procedures or contact tracing please contact the Fayette County Health Department at 618-283-1044 or

District Nurse, Natalie Morrison, at 618-829-3263.