DGKN staff report
WOOSTER Effective today, the Wayne County Health Department has reduced the number of days residents who are exposed to COVID-19 but are not showing any symptoms are required to stay in their homes.
Wayne County residents who have been exposed to COVID-19 may quarantine for 10 calendar days and self-monitor for a full 14 days from the date of exposure, according to a news release from the Wayne County Health Department. It may take up to 14 days to develop symptoms. A negative test does not change the quarantine time frame. If symptoms develop at any point during the quarantine period, call Wayne County Health Department at 330-264-9590 or your medical provider.
This is in accordance with recent modifications allowed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the quarantine period for people possibly exposed to COVID-19 and modifications made to current guidance by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
The incubation period of COVID-19 is 14 days and people exposed to the virus may still develop symptoms at any time during that period, according to the news release. However, based on research, the understanding is that more than 90 percent of people who develop illness do so in the first 10 days after exposure. The hope is that reducing the total expected duration of quarantine will promote better adherence, the news release states. The CDC remains clear that 14 days is the optimal duration of quarantine time to minimize risk of transmission. Employers may still require this, and the Wayne County Health Department Health Commissioner Cascarelli is encouraging anyone exposed who is able, to quarantine for 14 days to do so.
ODH’s updated recommendations can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
In total, there are 456,963 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 6,882 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 28,673 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 4,847 admissions to intensive care units, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
For more information, call 330-264-9590, or visit www.wayne-health.org.