Pitkin County Public Health is adopting the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reduced quarantine length guidance. Reducing the length of quarantine can reduce burden on the community and increase compliance. With the new guidance, quarantine can be reduced to 10 days following exposure to someone with COVID-19, or 7 days with a negative test collected on day 5 or later after exposure. This only applies if the individual does not develop COVID-19 symptoms during the quarantine period, or have contact with high-risk individuals. Quarantine can not end before 7 days for any reason. For 14 days after exposure, regardless of quarantine length, individuals should:
- Watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
- If they have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact their local public health authority or health care provider.
- Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Avoid contact with high-risk individuals.
Pitkin County Public Health would like to remind everyone that the safest option is to stay home and away from others for 14 days after exposure to COVID-19.