CDC, NJ Department of Health Change COVID-19 Quarantine Rules Again, Adding more Confusion

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TRENTON, NJ – The CDC and New Jersey Department Of Health (DOH) have revised their general guidance on isolation and quarantine:


If you tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status), you should stay home and isolate for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house but should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses (received a booster dose, completed the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last 5 months, or have received your single shot of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months):

You do not need to quarantine but you should wear a well-fitted mask around others for 10 days.

If symptoms occur, you should immediately isolate until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
You should also be tested 5 days after your exposure if possible. If the test is positive for COVID-19, you should isolate for 5 days from the date of the positive test result.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have NOT received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses (unvaccinated, are more than 5 months out from your second Pfizer or Moderna dose, or more than 2 months out from your J&J vaccine dose):

You should stay home and quarantine for 5 days, and continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days.
If symptoms occur, you should immediately isolate until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
You should also be tested 5 days after your exposure, if possible. If the test is positive for COVID-19, you should isolate for 5 days from the date of the positive test result.

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Note: Individuals in child care or high-risk congregate settings, you may be subject to different safety recommendations and timeframes.