The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced that it is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to reduce the number of days for isolation and quarantine for the general public. Earlier this week, the DuPage County Health Department also released a statement in support of CDC’s recommendations.
The CDC updated its recommendation to decrease isolation for people who test positive from 10 days to 5 days if they DO NOT have symptoms but they must continue to mask for 5 days after isolation ends. These recommendations apply to all individuals, including those who are unvaccinated or are not boosted even though they are eligible.
The CDC also recommended reducing quarantine from 10 days to 5 days for those who are close contacts to a COVID-19 case and DO NOT have symptoms, but individuals should continue to mask for 5 days after quarantine ends. Individuals who have received two doses of either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, as well as their booster DO NOT need to quarantine after close contact with a case, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.