Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new shorter quarantine lengths for COVID-19 contacts and close contacts. However, the shorter times also require more testing. Ravalli County Public Health is continuing to require 14-day quarantine as the best practice for Positive Tests, which is also recommended by the CDC.

Director Tiffany Webber said the department will accept a 10-day quarantine option for Contacts with NO symptoms who:

  • Daily monitor symptoms with reporting any new symptoms.
  • Correct and Consistent mask use.
  • Physical distancing.
  • Hand and Cough hygiene rules.

  • Webber also noted they will NOT be offering a 7-day quarantine option from the CDC, which is only available with additional testing on Day 5. The CDC wants testing by PCR or antigen tests on day 5 and continued self-monitoring through the rest of the 14 day time period. Ravalli County has limited resources for asymptomatic testing and has experienced an increase in cases in Ravalli County, so public health will NOT be offering that shorter quarantine option.

    The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPPHS) also recommends at least a 10-day isolation of Positive tests for COVID-19. Severely ill people face at least a 20-day isolation.

    Statewide, there were 1,483 Positive Tests recorded over the weekend and another 720 infections with 6 more deaths in the Monday mid-morning report.

    DPPHS also had an advisory about re-infections. They noted that a person who has a positive test does not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months IF they do not develop symptoms again. If a person develops COVID-19 symptoms again after those three months, it would be considered a re-infection. More information is available at the Ravalli County COVID-19 website.

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