DHS Comments on New CDC Isolation & Quarantine Update

(Wisconsin) With the latest CDC update on Isolation and Quarantine periods, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Karen Timberlake is addressing the change.  Timberlake says the Wisconsin Department of Health supports CDC recommendations, adding that given what we know right now about COVID and the Omicron variant, the science shows that the majority of transmission happens early in the illness.  New recommendations is an isolation period of five days for people who test positive for COVID but do not have any symptoms, followed by five days of wearing a well fitting mask to minimize the risk of infecting others.  Anyone exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, and is unvaccinated or more than six months out from their last mRNA dose or 2 months after a J&J Vaccine should quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.  However people who are current with their vaccine do not need to quarantine after exposure, but should wear a mask when around others for 10 days.  Timberlake notes everyone who may be exposed should get tested on day five after exposure.  She urges all Wisconsinites to help slow the spread of COVID by getting vaccinated, boosted, and continuing to wear a mask in indoor public settings, and staying home when sick.