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CDC releases new guidelines for COVID-19 quarantine

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Individuals exposed to the virus can shorten quarantine to 10 days or seven days in certain circumstances

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye issued the following statement regarding new quarantine guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“Based on new evidence about COVID-19, the CDC has updated their quarantine recommendations for local public health authorities.

The new guidelines provide options to shorten quarantine to 10 or seven days in certain circumstances:

  • Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
  • Quarantine can end after day seven if the individual tests negative and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.


We know that it can be difficult for many people to quarantine for two full weeks, particularly if employment, childcare or other factors do not allow for it. These new guidelines are intended to allow some flexibility while keeping us safe and healthy.

I want to stress that it’s still important to observe the quarantine period according to the guidelines to ensure the health and safety of your family and loved ones.

I also urge Oklahomans to continue to follow the three W’s, even if you test negative for COVID-19: Wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance (stay six feet apart).

This is all part of working together now so we can be together later. I appreciate your commitment to protecting your families and communities and ask that you continue to heed the recommendations of state officials and the CDC.”

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