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Anne Arundel Co. suggests shorter quarantine times for asymptomatic residents exposed to COVID-19

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Posted at 1:06 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 13:06:44-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is recommending a reduction in quarantine time for asymptomatic residents exposed to COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic, health experts have suggested 14 days of isolation.

Now following updated guidance from the CDC, Anne Arundel County health officials say 10 days should be sufficient for those who haven't gotten tested but experience no symptoms.

Exposed individuals who've received a negative test result, can release themselves after 7 days as long as no symptoms are felt.

Anne Arundel County says the loosened restrictions will allow residents struggling financially to get back to work quicker.

Officials also hope the shorter quarantine times will encourage people to cooperate with contact tracers.

There are however some exceptions.

The lessened quarantine time doesn't apply to those residing in long-term congregate facilities, such as group and nursing homes, assisted living and correctional facilities, shelters, residential rehabilitation and treatment settings, or military recruit housing.

The new guidance also does not modify any COVID-19 travel quarantine advisories under the Maryland Department of Health.