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Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance Recommendations

February 24, 2022

COVID-19 Guidance 

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance Recommendations


1) If you test positive for COVID-19 and are symptomatic:

  o Stay home and away from others for five (5) days from the date your symptoms began.
  o You can return to work on day 6 if you are fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms
  are improving.

2) If you test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic:

o Stay home and away from others for five (5) days from the date of your positive test.
o You can return to work on day 6 if you are fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms, if
any develop, are improving.
o Day 0 = the date of a positive test if you are asymptomatic.


3) If you were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19:

o If symptoms of COVID-19 develop, stay home.
o If asymptomatic, you do not need to quarantine, however, continue to monitor for
symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after exposure.
o Exposure = within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes within 24 hours.
 Follow the guidance above if you test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19.

4) Unlike CDC guidance, this guidance does not rely on wearing facial coverings in a community
setting.


o There is not strong evidence that facial coverings reduce the transmission of respiratory
viruses.
o Businesses are advised to no longer require facial coverings for employees, as there is
no proven significant clinical benefit for facial coverings among the general population.

5) This guidance does not preclude properly trained individuals, for example, nurses and
doctors, from using personal protective equipment when required by an employer,
notwithstanding Section 381.00317, Florida Statutes.

 

Sources:
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: A Review of Viral, Host, and Environmental Factors | Annals of Internal Medicine (acpjournals.org)


Contact Tracing Assessment of COVID-19 Transmission Dynamics in Taiwan and Risk at Different Exposure Periods Before and After Symptom Onset | Global
Health | JAMA Internal Medicine | JAMA Network


Early signals of significantly increased vaccine breakthrough, decreased hospitalization rates, and less severe disease in patients with COVID-19 caused by the
Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 in Houston, Texas | medRxiv


Mitigating isolation (medrxiv.org)


Predictors of mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic in the US: Role of economic concerns, health worries and social distancing (plos.org)