The Cass County Health Department has issued new guidelines for quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. With the county moving from Category 2, which has the criteria of PCR 7-day positivity rate: 5-9% (a PCR test is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is performed to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. The test detects the presence of a virus if you are infected at the time of the test) and a 7-day case rate of 100-349 per 100k, to Category 3, which has the criteria of PCR 7-day positivity rate: 5-9% and 7-day case rate of 10-99 per 100k., the health department decided to follow the alternative guidelines from the CDC per the guidance of the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services and lessen the time in quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. The guidance from the CDC states, “Local decisions regarding the implementation of a quarantine Day 7 test-out option or a quarantine Day 10 end should consider a tiered- approach that includes reduced restrictions when the local community is within a County Action Plan Level 3 status or better and should consider key risk factors such as residence in a congregate-care facility, hypertension, Diabetes, and similar COVID risk factors. Testing availability should also be considered as a factor that will impact these decisions.”
The Cass County Health Director, Andrew Warlen, sent the following information about Cass County’s current status:
Taking all of this into consideration, the decision to lessen time in quarantine was made.
“Because testing resources are limited, CCHD is only adopting the shortened 10-day quarantine option,” Warlen states via email.
What does this mean for you? If you are exposed to COVID-19, you now only need to wait 10 asymptomatic days versus the 14 day wait period that was in place before.
If you’d like more information about Cass County’s Category levels, you can view them at https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/pdf/advisory-20201119.pdf.