Maine CDC Health Advisory
December 4, 2020
Changes to Maine CDC's Quarantine Policy
On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") released a Scientific Brief on Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing, based on a review of new epidemiological and modeling data.
As noted in this Scientific Brief, local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. Based on recent modeling and local circumstances and resources, U.S. CDC has provided data on options to shorten the previous 14-day quarantine period. Considering these data, Maine CDC is changing the quarantine period for individuals known to be close contacts of cases of COVID-19 to 10 days. It is important to note that a shorter quarantine period carries a risk that an exposed individual could become positive and potentially transmit COVID-19 to others after quarantine.