PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on Friday that it has given notice to health care providers of changes in its policy to more closely match the CDC’s newest recommendations.
Earlier in the week, the CDC downgraded its quarantine and isolation policies from 14 days to 10 days without testing or seven days with a negative test or after the fifth day of quarantine.
These updated policies do not apply to healthcare environments, nursing homes or prisons, though.
“We must stop the spread of this virus and quarantining once you have been exposed is essential,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The incubation period for COVID-19 remains at 14 days, and it is still most protective to quarantine for the full two weeks. However, the CDC has affirmed that quarantine can end after 10 days if the person doesn’t develop symptoms, or after seven days if the person tests negative and has no symptoms.”
Worth mentioning, quarantines may be shortened to seven days.
Still, they cannot dip below that, according to a Health Alert Network advisory disseminated by the Department on Friday.
However, the CDC is still recommending that those who are exposed should monitor their health and symptoms for 14 days after the fact.
The 14-day number comes from COVID-19’s incubation period.
The CDC abbreviated the isolation and quarantining days to improve cooperation and compliance with COVID protocol and maximize contact-tracing efficacy.
Also worth noting, the quarantining and isolation updates do not affect mask-wearing and social distancing mandates; those are still active.