Health District: A negative COVID-19 test is not required to be released from isolation or quarantine

Health District urges employers not to require a negative COVID-19 test to return to work

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Posted on behalf of the Washoe County Health District

Nov. 20, 2020. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Washoe County Health District is reminding residents that a negative COVID-19 test is not required to be released from isolation or quarantine.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services sent out a technical bulletin on Nov. 19, 2020 reaffirming guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that a non-test-based strategy is recommended instead. This direction also indicates that employers should not require employees to get a negative test to return to work. Requiring negative test results not only further strains testing resources, but also may prevent employees from returning to work for weeks or months after they are no longer infectious.

That recommendation of a non-test-based strategy states that the following measures should be met to be released from quarantine/isolation:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

More information on isolation and quarantine can be found here.

Other important COVID-19 information that the public should be aware of: