City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced Thursday that they will postpone adopting the new CDC quarantine alternatives due to the recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in our community.
“This is not the time for us to take any risks by allowing individuals to be released from quarantine early as they may still be sick with COVID-19 and infect others,” said Public Health Director Angela Mora. “We will evaluate the situation after the holidays, and determine whether to adopt a shorter quarantine period or continue with a full 14-day quarantine period.”
On December 2, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published additional options to their COVID-19 quarantine guidelines which presents two different strategies for shortening the quarantine period for individuals exposed to the virus from 14 days to 10 days and in some instances 7 days.
The CDC’s publication states, local public health authorities determine and establish quarantine options for their local jurisdictions based on current situations.
Taking all the available data and information into account, the Department of Public Health will continue requiring individuals exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days.
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