(Dodge County) The Dodge County Health Department is highlighting new CDC recommended quarantine guidelines. In their latest weekly update, county health officials say while a 14-day quarantine is still the safest method the new guidelines take into account emerging scientific evidence on isolation periods and recognizes the difficulties Wisconsinites may have complying with the full 14-day window.
Those who do not develop symptoms can end their quarantine after day 10 without testing or day seven after receiving a negative test result that was collected within 48 hours of the end of quarantine. Health officials say people must continue to monitor for symptoms for the full 14-days. The new guidelines do not apply to congregate settings such as nursing homes or prisons, while school districts can choose to be exempt as well.
Dodge County continues to see a high average of weekly positive COVID-19 tests. From November 30th through December 6th, 704 people out of the 1,558 tested were confirmed to have coronavirus; a rate of 45-percent. The daily percentage of positive tests is over 20-percent and health officials say that figure needs to be below five-percent with a downward trajectory of cases before the county can move out of phase-one of its three-phase Safe Restart Plan. Contact tracing efforts have improved over the last week, going from red to yellow, while the number of cases and hospital capacity remain in the red. The only metrics of the plan in the green are testing and PPE.
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