CELINA (12-7-20) – As of December 7, 2020, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) is announcing updated COVID-19 quarantine guidance per recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The updated guidance includes information on the 14-day quarantine, 10-day quarantine, and 7-day quarantine. The details are outlined below:

  • Optimal Duration: 14-day Quarantine
    • A 14-day quarantine period presents the lowest risk of post-quarantine transmission. 
    • The 14-day quarantine is still recommended for those individuals living in, working at, or visiting congregate living facilities, high-density workplaces, or other settings where potential extensive transmission or contact with people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is possible.
  • Reduced Duration 1: 10-day Quarantine
    • A person may be released from quarantine after ten days, provided no COVID-19 symptoms developed during the ten-day period.
  • Reduced Duration 2: 7-day Quarantine
    • A person may be released after seven days of quarantine if a COVID-19 test performed on day 5 or later after exposure is negative AND 7 days have passed since the last exposure to a person with COVID-19 (even if negative test results is returned before the 7th day).
    • It is the responsibility of the person tested to provide documentation of negative test results to the employer/school. The MCHD does not receive notification of all negative results.

Regardless of the updated quarantine guidance, all individuals must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the last date of exposure. If a person develops symptoms or tests positive, they must begin self-isolation.

The MCHD will continue to provide quarantine letters to close contacts of individuals who have COVID-19 as time permits.  Anyone with questions about quarantine duration is encouraged to contact MCHD at 419-586-3251.

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Gov. DeWine will extend the current curfew it was announced today, more details will be released on Thursday.

Today he tweeted – We are now in a very dangerous stage. The vaccine is coming, but we know it will take a while to work our way through distribution.

DeWine said today that health experts believe it is helping to marginally flatten the curve in Ohio.

The Gov. was also pushing the US Congress to pass COVID 19 aid –

We know the next few months are going to be tough. Getting a bill out of Congress is very, very important.

It is not just Ohio facing executive orders during the pandemic, today Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the statewide pause until December 20th.