County Public Health Officer announces quarantine requirements for close contacts of those with COVID-19

The Lassen County Public Health Officer Dr. Kenneth Korver recently released quarantine requirements for household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers and close contacts of persons with a likelihood to have COVID-19.

As of Thursday morning, April 9, there were no known cases in Lassen County.

  • A person is considered to be a close contract of a person with or likely to have COVID-19 if they:
  • Were within six feet of a person who has or is likely to have COVID-19 for more than 10 minutes.
  • Had unprotected contact with the bodily fluids and/or secretions (such as being coughed on/sneezed on shared utensils or saliva or provided care without wearing protective equipment of a person who has or is likely to have COVID-19, within 48 hours before that person’s symptoms began and until that person is no longer required to be isolated.

All individuals who know that they have been in close contact, as a household member, an intimate partner, a caregiver outside of a healthcare setting, or other close contact, as assigned above, with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 are required to take the following actions:

  • Be quarantined in their home or another residence for a full 14 days from the last date that they were last in contact with the person who has or is likely to have COVID-19.

Self-quarantine is necessary because an individual is at high risk for developing and spreading COVID-19, if that individual has had close contact, as defined above, with a person who has:

•A positive lab test for COVID-19.

•Signs and symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath or trouble breathing).

•Been informed by a physician that they are likely to have COVID-19.

Individuals are required to quarantine themselves for the entire 14 day COVID-19 incubation period, the typical time between exposure and when symptoms and signs of the disease may develop. Quarantined persons may not leave their place of quarantine or enter any other public or private place during the period of quarantine, except to receive necessary medical care, the order read.