The Purchasing District Health Department has added another tool to provide the public with information about COVID-19 and its treatment.
The COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculator helps people determine how long they should be in quarantine if they test positive or have been in close contact with someone else who has tested positive.
The COVID-19 Positive Report calculator and app on the website are the two newest ways people can find information about what to do after testing positive or after close contact with someone sick. another who tested positive.
Found on the Ministry of Health website, buyhealth.orgthe calculator is separated into four areas: those who test positive with symptoms, those who test positive without symptoms, those who have been in close contact with someone and have been fully vaccinated, and those who have been in close contact with someone and who have not been fully vaccinated.
• For those who tested positive with symptoms, the health department recommends that they stay home for 10 days from the day the symptoms started. If symptoms resolve after five days, it says people can leave their homes but must wear a mask around others for a further five days.
These recommendations are valid regardless of the person’s vaccination status. It also recommends that people with fevers stay home until the fever is resolved and that children under 2 complete a 10-day isolation period.
There is a place for those who have tested positive with symptoms to enter on the first day the symptoms started. (People should use the calendar provided.) It will then show the last full day of isolation and the day the person can return to their usual activities.
• For those who test positive without symptoms, the health department recommends self-isolation for five days from the day of the test. These people can enter their testing day to see when their recommended isolation would end.
• For those who are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, the health department says those without symptoms will be quarantined for 10 days from the date of the contact.
The quarantine can be shortened to five days if there are no symptoms and there is a negative test on the fifth day of quarantine or later. People in close contact must wear a mask around others for an additional five days if the quarantine has been shortened. If symptoms develop, these people should stay home and get tested.
People can enter the date of their last exposure to determine the length of their quarantine.
• For those who are fully vaccinated and come into close contact with someone who tested positive, the health department says there is no need to self-quarantine if there are no symptoms. They must wear a mask for 10 days after the last exposure and get tested on the fifth day.
If symptoms develop, these people should stay home and get tested.
There is a place where people can enter their last exposure date to determine when they should be tested.
In all of these situations, “fully tested” means a person has received all of the recommended vaccines — two Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations or a Johnson and Johnson vaccine — plus the booster.
More information about vaccinations, tests and general information about COVID-19 – as well as other health information – can be found at buyhealth.org or by calling 270-444-9625.