The Josephine County Public Health Department is telling residents they may now spend less time in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19. They issued the following statement today:
Josephine County residents may be able to spend less time in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19.
Josephine County Public Health will now allow residents exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine for seven days instead of 10 days if they test negative for the virus after the fourth day of quarantine and show no symptoms of the disease. This follows the latest Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education guidance for schools. Tests can be performed at a person’s place of business, at a lab or clinic, or by using a self-testing kit. Both Antigen and PCR testing is acceptable.
Despite the change, employers may require a stricter set of requirements be met before an employee can return to work. JCPH is available to support any employers that choose to observe stricter requirements relating to COVID-19 exposure.
All residents can now report positive test results from commercially available self-testing kits to their health care provider or the JCPD COVID-19 call center at (541) 916-7030. Results must be reported within 48 hours of testing. A contact tracer will contact the individual for a confidential conversation and further guidance.
Reporting a case of COVID-19 to one’s medical provider or Public Health can limit the number of days residents may need to quarantine after future exposures within 90 days of testing positive. Those in need of support services during the isolation period can be connected with local organizations that may be able to offer assistance.
Self-tests can be performed on residents of any age within seven days of the onset of symptoms or two to 14 days after known exposure to someone with COVID-19. Each home kit is different, so it is important to read and understand the provided instructions before beginning the testing procedure.
Information reported to Public Health will be held in strict confidence.