The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the following advisory on March 24:
ADVISORY: Quarantine Recommendations After SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Test
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its quarantine recommendations to include use of SARS-CoV-2 antibody test results.
- Persons who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies do not need to quarantine following a known exposure if the following criteria are met:
- The person is in a low risk situation (e.g., no contact with persons at high risk of COVID-19 severe illness for 14 days); AND,
- The person remains asymptomatic; AND,
- The person had a known exposure and has had a positive antibody test during the 3 months prior to the exposure; OR,
- The person receives a positive antibody test within 7 days following an exposure.
- This guidance does NOT apply to healthcare facility patients, residents, and staff.
- Regardless of antibody test results, persons who exhibit new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 still need to isolate and be evaluated for COVID-19 testing.
- DOH continues to recommend COVID-19 prevention measures such as masking, physical distancing, avoiding nonessential travel, and hand hygiene for all people regardless of vaccination status or past history of COVID-19 infection.
- If you have questions about this guidance, please call your local health department or 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).