CDPH Updates COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its COVID-19 guidance for local health jurisdictions on the isolation and quarantine of the general public. The latest guidance updates remove quarantine recommendations for asymptomatic exposed persons, add recommendations for work exclusion or restriction in certain specified high-risk settings, and include an updated definition for close contact and infectious period.

The updated guidance does not apply to health care personnel in settings covered by CDPH’s AFL-21-08.8. It also does not apply to emergency medical services personnel, who are permitted to follow the guidance on quarantine for health care personnel detailed in AFL-21-08.8.

CDPH notes local health jurisdictions may continue to implement additional requirements that go beyond the statewide guidance based on local circumstances, including in certain higher-risk settings or during certain situations that may require additional isolation and quarantine requirements.

Additional information is available here.