December 4, 2020
Covid-19 Quarantine and Testing adjustments
In response to the recent Centers for Disease Control changes the Cooper County Public Health will support the following changes:
- A fourteen-day quarantine for individuals exposed to covid-19 may be reduced to seven days under the following conditions:
- The exposed individual must be symptom free and receive a negative nasal pharyngeal PCR or rapid NASAL test on day seven or later. The test results must be submitted to the local school district, employer, or to our office before a letter of quarantine release may be issued from our office.
- Testing on day 5 will not be accepted by the Cooper County Public Health Center due to increased risk of developing COVID-19 between 5-7 days from exposure.
- The Cooper County Public Health Center provides PCR testing free of charge by appointment for Cooper County residents only. Priority patients for testing will be for symptomatic patients.
- Individuals wanting to test out of quarantine on day seven should call after 10:00AM each day for an appointment if there are open testing slots available.
- Starting January 1, 2021 Individuals whose employers require weekly and bi-weekly surveillance testing will no longer be provided by the CCPHC. Those employers and employees need to find a private testing facility to meet their employment needs.
Thank you very much.
Melanie Hutton RN, MSN