The Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health recently provided options to reduce quarantine for asymptomatic persons with exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. Upon release of this guidance, it was stated that a negative rapid antigen test or a negative RT-PCR test could allow an asymptomatic, exposed individual out of quarantine after day 7. Today, the rapid antigen test was disallowed by those entities due to the higher chance for a false negative result. If a RT-PCR test is performed, the likelihood of receiving the result before day 10 is slim, as these are analyzed in a laboratory and the turnaround time is typically several days.
Therefore, the Bond County Health Department is adhering to the following protocol for release from quarantine:
Ideally, an asymptomatic person who has had exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual should quarantine for 14 days from the date of last exposure. However, an asymptomatic person who has had exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual CAN end their quarantine after day 10 of their last exposure to a COVID-19 positive person. If a person chooses to do so, they are still responsible for self-monitoring for symptoms, social distancing, masking, frequent hand washing, and all recommended precautions.
At this time, the Bond County Health Department will not allow release from quarantine based on any negative COVID-19 test.