KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Quarantine time for Knox County residents exposed to the coronavirus will remain at 14 days despite changes to national guidelines, officials announced Friday.
“As cases continue to rise in Knox County, it is more important than ever that contacts follow this 14-day quarantine guideline to help slow the spread of this virus,” the Knox County Health Department said in a news release. “Now is simply not the time to decrease quarantine time of primary contacts.”
The CDC recently shortened its recommended quarantine for those exposed to the coronavirus, allowing a return to normal activities in as few as seven days for some people.
Knox County Health Department, Good Samaritan Hospital officials and the Knox County COVID Task Force unanimously agreed to maintain the current quarantine time. The task force consists of several members of the community in law enforcement, emergency management, public schools and other sectors.
According to the Knox County Health Department, the 14-day period is also still recommended by the CDC, despite their decision to offer alternative options to reduce quarantine time in non-symptomatic contacts.