What is the quarantine period for people who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

On December 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement with updated recommendations for the length of isolation and quarantine periods for the general population. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) adopted the CDC’s updated recommendations on December 29, 2021. As a result, the County is adopted the updated recommendations and Administrative Policy and Procedure COV-EM-STD-01 (PDF) and Attachment B (PDF) scenarios matrix have been amended to reflect the changes.

Asymptomatic individuals who have been identified as a close contact of a known COVID-19 positive individual (with the exception of employees donning appropriate personal protective equipment in the course of their job duties) must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days if unvaccinated OR if fully vaccinated and it has been more than six months since receipt of the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (two months for Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and the employee has not yet received a booster dose. If asymptomatic at the end of day 5, the employee must continue to wear a mask around others, in compliance with HR-47, for an additional 5 days. 

Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a COVID-19 positive person for a cumulative period of at least 15 minutes over a 24 hour period. Learn more about when to quarantine on the CDC’s website.

The County’s general requirements for the mandatory reporting of COVID-19 in the workplace and procedures (PDF) for returning to work following illness or known or possible exposure to COVID-19 remain unchanged. These details are posted on the Employee Intranet, under COVID-19 Emergency Standards.

Please feel free to email Employee Relations Manager Geneva Douglas or HR Risk Manager Rebekah Bofinger should you have any questions regarding these policies.

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1. Are face coverings required in the workplace?
2. What should I do if I come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is showing symptoms?
3. Am I eligible for paid leave if I am absent from work due to a COVID-19 related reason?
4. What are the County’s policies on the use of sick leave or telework for employees who are diagnosed with or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19?
5. Can management send an employee home if the employee comes to work sick or displaying obvious cold or flu symptoms? If so, will the employee be required to use paid accrued leave?
6. Can management require an employee to provide a doctor’s note “clearing” the employee to return to work?
7. When can I return to work if I am feeling sick?
8. What should I do if I am concerned that my co-worker may be contagious or is caring for or lives with someone who is contagious?
9. What happens if an employee is sick and does not have any accrued sick leave?
10. Can an employee telework instead of using sick leave?
11. Will an employee with the COVID-19 virus be covered by Family Medical Leave?
12. What if the employee was exposed to the COVID-19 virus at work as a result of his/her job duties? Will the employee’s exposure to illness and/or subsequent illness be covered by Workers’ Compensation?
13. What if an employee needs time off to care for a sick relative with the COVID-19 virus?
14. Are employees able to telework to accommodate child-care issues due to a COVID-19 related closure?
15. Does our County medical insurance plan offer any options for virtual care?
16. I am very worried and fearful about COVID-19 and the potential impacts to me and my family. What resources does the County have available to assist employees with dealing with stress?
17. If I or a family member is exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus and are also covered under the Cigna health plan, how will the COVID-19 testing be covered?
18. What is the quarantine period for people who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
19. Has Loudoun County taken steps related to air quality in county facilities to reduce the potential airborne transmission of COVID-19?
20. I have a question that is not addressed in this FAQ. Who should I direct my inquiry to?