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The Illinois Department of Public Health adopts CDC guidance on quarantine, isolation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) leaders loosen quarantine and isolation guidelines following COVID-19 exposure.

Health leaders announced that IDPH adopts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation to reduce the number of days to isolation and quarantine. This applies to all people regardless of vaccination status.

For those testing positive, the CDC recommended isolating at home for five days. This means that those who are asymptomatic or have symptoms that disappear without fever after five days can leave their house, but they must continue to mask for another five days.

For those who have been vaccinated or boosted and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the CDC recommended wearing a mask around others for 10 days and testing on day five if possible.

The CDC also recommends that those who are not boosted or unvaccinated should stay home for five days and mask themselves around others for another five days.

Those who cannot quarantine should wear the mask for 10 days and test on day five if possible.

For more information on nearby locations to receive a vaccine or booster dose, visit www.vaccines.gov. Test sites can be found at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/testing.html, including information on days and hours for free community-based test sites.

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