The Iowa Department of Public Health recently released new quarantine guidelines for business, education, and child care settings in response to COVID-19.
For non-healthcare, non-residential settings, quarantine is no longer recommended if a potential exposure occurs while both the infectious individual and the close contacts are wearing face coverings consistently and correctly.
An individual is considered a close contact when they have been within 6 feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes.
- Individuals who are a close contact due to exposure to a household member are required to quarantine for at least 14 days. Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.
- Individuals who have COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days. Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.