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CDC Updated Guidance for Reducing Quarantine Period for Contacts of Persons with COVID-19 Infection

From the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services: 

This bulletin is intended for employers and businesses; health care providers; and public health officials managing persons who could have been exposed to COVID-19 and undergoing quarantine. The bulletin describes the newly revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to shorten the required quarantine period for individuals with recent exposure history to COVID-19 from 14 days down to 7 days with negative testing, OR for 10 days if testing is not available.

The new guidelines allow individuals who have come in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 to resume normal activity after 10 days, or 7 days if they tested negative starting on day 5 of the quarantine. This includes, but is not limited to, at home quarantine, in a hotel or dormitory room, or in a group quarantine facility.

Most recent CDC Guidelines NO longer recommend 14 days for quarantined individuals. CDC just shortened the quarantine period required for individuals with recent history of exposure to COVID-19 from 14 days down to 7 days from the date of the most recent exposure, as long as they remain asymptomatic and receive a negative test on or after day 5 of the exposure. When testing is not available, individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic must be quarantined for 10 days from the time of their most recent exposure.

For More Information:


  • Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH): (775)-684-5911 (M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM); (775) 400-0333 (after hours)
  • Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD): (702)-759-1300 (24 hours)
  • Washoe County Health District (WCHD): (775)-328-2447 (24 hours)
  • Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS): (775)-887-2190 (M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM); (775)-887-2190 (after hours)