Forward Together Update—9/29/20

Iowa health officials announce change to quarantine guidelines

UNI is now following new guidelines from the Iowa Department of Public Health that say close contacts of COVID-positive cases will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days if a face covering was consistently and correctly worn by both people during the exposure. 

The IDPH also announced that people currently in quarantine may discontinue it if both people were wearing a face mask during the time of exposure. This guidance does not apply to people who are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19. The Student Health Clinic and the Department of Residence are working to identify and notify students who no longer need to quarantine under these new guidelines. 

The changes were made based on observations that contacts were much less likely to develop an illness or test positive when both were wearing masks at the time of the exposure, the department said. The new guidance does not include individuals wearing only face shields. 

Health officials say other recommendations such as social distancing, staying home when you are sick and frequently washing or disinfecting hands continue to be important practices to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

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