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New Jersey adopts new CDC guidelines on COVID isolation, quarantine

WINS Radio New York logo WINS Radio New York 12/29/2021 Erica Brosnan
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TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey on Wednesday announced it is updating its guidance on COVID-19 isolation and quarantine periods based on new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Tuesday, the CDC said the new recommended COVID-19 isolation periods be shortened from 10 days to five days, citing an increase in vaccinations and new evidence on COVID infectiousness.

The New Jersey Department of Health in a press release said it will also be following suit.

“Based on the latest science and data—that demonstrates transmission occurs early on in the course of illness—new isolation and quarantine recommendations have been developed to address the spread of COVID-19,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said.

Individuals who have received their booster vaccine do not need to quarantine following an exposure to the virus, the department said. However, they should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.


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Additionally, the health department is also recommending that individuals who are unvaccinated, or have not received a booster, adhere to strict mask wearing for another five-day period following isolation.

Furthermore, the department is also decreasing quarantine time after COVID-19 illness for healthcare workers. Those who are without symptoms, but who had COVID-19 can return to work after 7 days with a negative test.

The time period can further be reduced if there are staffing shortages, the health department added. Healthcare workers who have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including a booster, do not need to quarantine.

“This data underscores the importance of vaccination, especially receiving a booster dose. The Department encourages vaccination against COVID-19 for everyone 5 and older and boosters for everyone 16 and older to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state,” Persichilli said.

She noted the department will release updated guidance documents in the coming days. In the meantime, residents should follow all recommendations from the CDC.

"Residents should also continue to take precautions such as wearing a mask when in public indoor spaces, washing hands frequently and staying home when sick," added Persichilli.

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