PA DOH Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

PA DOH Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

The following information is from the PA DOH Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines, the link can be found below.
https://www.bbsd.com/cms/lib/PA01916419/Centricity/Domain/4/3.pdf
Recommendation for Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19
Regardless of vaccination status, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must:
• Isolate at home for 5 days. As much as possible,
o Stay in a specific room away from other people and pets in the home.
o Use a separate bathroom.
o Wear a mask around other people in the home.
If the person with COVID-19 either has no symptoms or has resolved or improving symptoms (including
fever) after Day 5 of isolation, the person with COVID-19 may leave their house provided they wear a
well-fitting mask when around other people.
All persons who test positive for COVID-19 are recommended to wear a mask while around other people
during Days 6 through 10. Day 0 is defined as either the date of symptom onset, or the date the test
specimen was collected if the patient is asymptomatic. If someone develops symptoms consistent with
COVID-19, testing is recommended regardless of vaccination or prior infection status.
Individuals Who Do NOT Need to Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19
The following groups of individuals do NOT need to quarantine after being exposed (i.e., close contact*)
to someone with COVID-19:
• People who have received a booster vaccination and more than 2 weeks have passed;
• People who have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6
months and thus are not yet eligible for the booster vaccination;
• People who have completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months;
Individuals who can be categorized into these groups do not need to quarantine at home; however, they
do need to wear a mask around others for 10 days. Additionally, these individuals should be tested on
Day 5 after exposure, if possible. If this test is positive, the individual should follow the recommendations
above for individuals who test positive.