Quarantine and Isolation: What’s the Difference?

AMS has received several inquiries indicating a lack of clear understanding on the issues of quarantine and isolation, particularly when the physician is exposed to a person with a positive COVID-19 test.

The Arkansas Department of Health has provided guidance on these issues and AMS encourages all physicians and their staff to be knowledgeable about the requirements and consistent in their implementation.

14-Day Quarantine

Individuals who have been exposed to a person with a positive COVID-19 test are required to quarantine for 14 days after the last known exposure. The quarantine is required regardless of whether or not the exposed individual has a negative test. However, physicians and most other health care workers are considered “critical infrastructure workers” and may return to work provided they have a negative test, remain asymptomatic, and take additional precautions.

Please become familiar with the following two links. AMS encourages you to print the information and share with your staff. The second link from the CDC explains the “additional” precautions quite well.

When Can I Stop Quarantine or Isolation?

Generally speaking, isolation is for individuals who test positive for COVID-19; quarantine is for those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. The following link provides a graphic illustrating the rules and timelines for quarantine and isolation.

Again, AMS suggests you print this and share with your staff.