December 14, 2020
Subject: DHSS Statement on Newly-Modified CDC Guidance Regarding COVID Quarantine for Asymptomatic Individuals
The Macon County Health Department Board of Trustees has voted to adopt most of the CDC guideline for asymptomatic individuals as written in the DHSS statement document provided to public health agencies on December 7, 2020 by Adam Crumbliss, Director of the Division of Community and Public Health.
Regarding early release from quarantine, the Board of Trustees voted to adopt: End to quarantine after the completion of 10 full days for ASYMPTOMATIC individuals, provided that monitoring continues throughout the full 14 days and, if a symptom develops, the individual immediately isolates and contact a public health authority or healthcare provider.
The Board of Trustees also voted to use the County Action Plan risk advisory to determine the implementation date of when this guidance will be enacted. Macon County Health Department routinely monitors the county’s 7-day case rate and 7-day positivity rate from the ShowMe Strong dashboard. As of this date, the county is still in Category 1: Extreme Risk with a 7-day positivity rate of 21.7% and 7-day case rate of 231.5 per 100,000. Both data sets are required to be in the same category level to move down to a lower tier as demonstrated on page 2 of this release. Enactment date of this guideline will depend on Macon County’s ability to reach the Category 3 County Action Plan tier and maintain this level for 7 days, as recommended in the DHSS December 7 statement document and detailed in the DHSS State of Missouri Public Health Warning guidance issued by the Governor’s office on November 19, 2020.
Both documents, the Governor’s Public Health Warning and the DHSS Statement on Newly-Modified CDC Guidance are attached to this release, for clarification.
Health Department Board of Trustees voted not to adopt the 7-day test out option.