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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Local Health Authorities Opinion About New CDC Guidelines for Quarantining

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The recent release of additional guidelines from CDC is creating a flood of questions from employers and patients. We urge citizens of Stephenville and Erath County to follow the link below and carefully read from the beginning.


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-options-to-reduce-quarantine.html
The paragraph below is taken directly from the CDC website as is the following sentence.


 Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives.


Any option to shorten quarantine risks being less effective than the currently recommended 14-day quarantine.


It is our opinion that due to the high positivity rate and increasing number of cases along with the strain on our local hospital that cases of CDC defined close exposure in Erath County should continue to quarantine for 14 days. There may be rare exception for a critically essential worker under extenuating circumstances. Dr. Joel Massey, Medical Director for Texas Department of State Health Services for our region, states DSHS is not currently recommending or endorsing shortening of quarantine using testing methods. We are in full agreement for this recommendation for Erath County, which is under the jurisdiction of Dr. Moore as a Local Health Authority.


Jeff Moore, M.D

Local Health Authority, Erath County

Kelly S. Doggett M.D.

Local Health Authority, City of Stephenville

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