Exception for people who come in close contact with someone in ND with COVID19

North Dakota has updated its quarantine guidance for those who come in contact with someone with COVID19. The news has been released here with details from the Joint Information Center.

Gov. Doug Bergam and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) today announced updated guidance for the association of individuals identified as having close contact with COVID-19 positive individuals. The guidance has been updated to reflect that in non-health care, non-residential settings, when both positive case and close contact have worn the face covered continuously and correctly for the entire time, close contact is considered No need to self-quarantine at home.

“This is a common-sense approach that provides an incentive for people to cover face and provides a more positive school experience for students, teachers, administrators and parents,” said Bergam, noting the quarantine exception is both Wearing the sides is applied retroactively. Mask.

Quarantine exceptions include, but may not be limited to:

  • Child care centers where employees and older children (age 2 or more) can wear masks.
  • Group house
  • K-12 School & Preschool
  • colleges and universities
  • Job settings
  • Social relationships
  • Other settings where both the infected person and the contact were masked during exposure.

Close contacts who meet the quarantine exception should still self-monitor, which means covering the face and keeping a close watch for any symptoms, said Kirby Krueger, a disease specialist and director of the Kidney Disease Control Department .

Krueger said the updated guidelines are based on mounting evidence, assessed by public health experts including NDDoH epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists, to support the effectiveness of the mask in reducing transmission.

“The evidence is clear: COVID-19 directly affects the actions we take,” Kruge said. “In addition, individuals must continue to stay home when they are ill, keep a distance of 6 feet, wash their hands frequently and clean the surfaces touched repeatedly. Doing our part to keep our state safe Thanks in advance for that. “

“We continue to learn more about this 11-month-old virus every single day,” Dr. Said Jon Connell, NDDoH field officer. “Strong evidence of the use of face covering, this inexpensive device that can be easily used by most people, could not have come at a better time as a result of a really significant reduction in the spread of infection because of the coronovirus infection in North Dakota.” Face unprecedented rates. In our communities. We are excited that we can use this science to shape the policy, which helps keep North Dakotans healthy, at work and in school. “

“We are seeing more and more evidence that masking is an effective means of preventing the spread of the virus among individuals,” Dr. Paul Carson, an infectious disease specialist and professor of public health at North Dakota State University. “Many experts now believe that regular use of masks has the potential to significantly control our outbreaks. We think it is reasonable to consider that if an infected person was in close contact with a susceptible person when both parties were confidently masked, the probability of transmission is so low that it took self-monitoring action rather than complete quarantine. Have a proper plan. When we are interacting with others in public, we should give more encouragement to wear our masks regularly. “

The definition of close contacts has not changed and will be defined as individuals living within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. Kruger stated that close contacts who do not meet the quarantine exception will have to quarantine for 14 days from their last performance.

In addition, people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 will still need to be isolated for at least 10 days, absence of fever for at least 24 hours and improvement in symptoms, Kruger said.

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