Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Explains Difference Between “Isolation” & “Quarantine”

Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Explains Difference Between “Isolation” & “Quarantine”

October 29, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (10/29/20)

Ada, MN — Both Norman and Mahnomen County have seen record single-day COVID-19 cases in recent days and have experienced a high rate increase throughout the month of October, leading to dozens more needing to isolate or quarantine. While those terms get used in similar situations, they actually mean different things and require slightly different actions. Sarah Kjono of Norman-Mahnomen Public Health says someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 needs to isolate.

The term quarantine, which Kjono says is often misused, is what is required for those who are close contacts of positive cases and may or may not be positive themselves.

However, Kjono notes that when a confirmed case takes place within a household, the situation can be tricky if the confirmed case cannot be completely isolated and it may require an extended quarantine period for those in household.

Kjono adds that Norman-Mahnomen Public Health will often recommend testing for other household member 5-7 days after their family member tested positive. If they then test positive themselves, it would actually shorten up their isolation time. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or just have questions, contact Tracy at 218-280-3125.