New Quarantine Recommendations From Iowa Department of Public Health

September 29, 2020 10:49am


The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the recommendations given people who have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19.

The state health department said close contacts of COVID-positive cases will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days if a face covering was consistently worn by both people during the exposure.

Also, any type of face covering is acceptable. However, a face shield is not considered a face covering and quarantine is still required if one or both people were wearing only a face shield.  Health officials say this doesn't change the isolation requirements for people that are actually sick, or COVID-positive, to isolate from others.

The IDPH said these recommendations are based on observations within Iowa and other states. Health officials say observations show that when the COVID-positive case and close contacts were both wearing face coverings at the time of exposure, the contacts were much less likely to develop an illness or later test positive.

Health officials say other recommendations such as social distancing, staying home when you are sick, and frequently washing or disinfecting hands continue to be important practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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