CA public health shortens school COVID quarantine to 5 days

(Allison Huang)

California students and teachers can return to campus five days after testing positive for COVID-19, provided that they’re fever free, symptom free and test negative (a rapid/antigen test is sufficient) the California Department of Public Health announced today.

Any asymptomatic person who contracted the virus last week and has already been isolated for five days can test negative and return to school tomorrow.

If still testing positive on day five, students and teachers can retest daily until a negative result — or return after day 10 regardless of testing. Quarantine should continue so long as an individual has a fever.

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