Please be mindful of others,
It takes all of us to keep our community healthy.
We have received some official guidance from Montana DPHHS that we can utilize reduced quarantine times for direct contacts based on changes to CDC guidance.
Direct contacts up until this point have had to quarantine for 14 days based on their last day of exposure to the positive COVID 19 case.
Effective now, direct contacts quarantine period is as follows for ASYMPTOMATIC (no symptoms) direct contacts :
Quarantine for close contacts can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
Quarantine for close contacts can end after Day 7 if the person tests negative (by PCR or antigen test) on Day 5 or later, and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. Quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
After release from quarantine, individuals should continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 illness through Day 14, and adhere to all recommended interventions, including: correct and consistent mask use, social distancing, hand and cough hygiene, environmental cleaning and disinfection, avoiding crowds, ensuring adequate indoor ventilation.
They should be advised that if any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and to assess for testing.
Persons can continue to be quarantined for 14 days without testing per existing recommendations.
This option maximally reduces risk of transmission.
Unless regulated by another agency, facilities (e.g., skilled nursing and assisted living facilities) can choose to continue with the full 14 day quarantine of close contacts.
Montana DPHHS continues to recommend that close contacts be tested at entry to quarantine to identify infected persons without symptoms for contact tracing efforts.
The recommendation of a 10 day isolation for cases of COVID-19 (or 20 days for some severely ill individuals) remains unchanged.
Complete isolation guidance is available at CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/duration-isolation.html
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services:
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Hotline:
1-888-333-0461 or COVID19info@mt.gov
Montana Coronavirus task force:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Small Business Administration: