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Quarantine guidance

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control updated its quarantine and isolation guidelines, which were adopted by the Washington State Department of Health and Spokane Regional Health District.

Please use and reference the updated CDC guidance to help decide when someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19 can return to on site school or work, with the added caveats:

  • Students and employees with COVID-19 may now isolate for five (rather than 10) days from a positive test/symptom onset if they are asymptomatic on day five.
  • Unvaccinated students and employees exposed to COVID-19 may now quarantine for five days (rather than 10) as long as they remain asymptomatic and don’t test positive.
  • Vaccinated but un-boosted students and employees must now quarantine for five days if it has been six months since they received their final MRNA dose, or two months since their Johnson and Johnson dose.  
  • Vaccinated students and employees who’ve received a booster dose do not need to quarantine after an exposure, unless they develop symptoms or test positive.

Resources

The Spokane Regional Health District has created this list of low and no cost COVID-19 testing resources in Spokane. For CCS sites located outside of Spokane County, please click here for testing resources. Employees and students can call the Spokane Regional Health District at (509) 324-1409 to request a medical clearance letter.

Important note

A negative test result is not by itself enough to authorize return to onsite school or work since the Spokane Regional Health District recommends a time-based return strategy. A time-based return strategy means the science supports that a person is no longer able to spread illness to others after certain time intervals have passed.

CCS will coordinate with the Spokane Regional Health District and other state health departments as needed when a student or employee tests positive for, or is exposed to, COVID-19.  In certain cases, a health department may require us to share names and other identifying information for contact tracing purposes. 

State health departments have access to the names and contact information of every person who tests positive for COVID-19 (excluding self-administered tests). We are required to share names and other identifying information when requested by a state health department.