OROVILLE – Butte County Public Health announced Thursday that local health orders for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine will be reversed.
According to a press release from Butte County Public Health, local health orders for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine have returned on March 5th. The media release said the change is coming as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Butte County have begun to decline.
“The guidelines from the state for isolation and quarantine are what the public should follow if they are either positive for COVID or they have been exposed to someone with COVID,” said Lisa Almaguer, communications director for Butte County Public Health.
Almaguer said the county felt the local COVID-19 isolation and quarantine orders did not need to be in place because the state already has isolation and quarantine guidelines. She said the changes will come as the state begins to ease some of the mitigation measures. Almaguer also said Butte County Public Health continues to see a downward trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Although Butte County has seen a continued downward trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Almaguer said nothing has changed in terms of saying the county is endemic. She said Butte County will continue to monitor state and national health sources.
“If the state did, we would follow suit,” Almaguer said. “We would not be the ones declaring an endemic.”
Butte County COVID-19 isolation and quarantine orders were originally issued on October 18, 2021, and the orders were amended on January 19, 2022. The original order issued on October 18, 2021 included a 14-day self-isolation order for anyone with a positive PCR test that was symptomatic with 14 days of close contact with a person who had COVID-19, or if a health care professional told someone that they were likely to have COVID-19.
The guidelines from the state on isolation and quarantine include a five-day isolation if someone tests positive for COVID-19, shows no symptoms, and the person tests negative after the five days. The guidelines also state that if someone is exposed to COVID-19 and is unvaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster shot, they should stay home for five days and test on day five. If no symptoms are present and the person has a negative test, the quarantine may cease.
The guidelines state that if a person who has been boosted, fully vaccinated and not eligible for the booster or has previously had COVID-19 within the last 90 days, it is recommended to test on day five, isolate if the test is positive and stay home if symptoms develop.
Reversal of Butte County COVID-19 isolation and quarantine orders occurred five days after changes were made to the Butte County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard.