• What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? There is confusion regarding who stays home 10 days, who stays home 14 days and who possibly needs to stay home even longer. This will hopefully clear up the confusion. The following are guidelines published by the CDC which workplaces follow.
  • Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
  • Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.
    • Isolation: For those people who test positive for Covid-19 and have symptoms of Covid-19, they may return to work AFTER at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
      • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
      • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation‚Äč

A caveat to the above: If you had a severe illness from COVID-19 (i.e. you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after receiving two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart. You still must adhere to at least 10 days of isolation.

Isolation: For those who tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can return to work after:

  • 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test.

Quarantine - People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and are not symptomatic.

What counts as close contact? (This assumes you were not wearing proper PPE.)

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Quarantine at home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19


  • Number of NEW positive results: 20 new positive cases since 10/30/2020
    • Out of the 20 new positive cases, 8 patients required inpatient care and 12 remained outpatient.


  • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients: 32 and 6 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU)
    • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 8
  • Currently, we have 14 inpatients that tested positive
  • Number of inpatients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 5 with 17 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.


  • Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 52


  • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
    • We have 3 ventilators in use and 4 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use. This leaves us with 14 ventilation units available. The number of available vents is more than sufficient at this time based on the acuity of our patients and the number of inpatients. Our availability of ventilation units not a concern at this time.