Local Garrett County Health Department
Guidance for Quarantine and Isolation Related to COVID-19

Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives.
The Garrett County Public Schools will align their isolation and quarantine schedules to the time frame established by the local Garrett County Health Department Recommendations.
  • Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing and if no symptoms and able to wear a mask or face covering for 4 additional days. GCHD does not support a shortened 7-day quarantine.
  • The quarantine can end in a few different ways:
    • Quarantining individual become symptomatic or positive for COVID-19, they must now isolate. (See isolation)
    • Asymptomatic individuals can return to school after 10 days in quarantine if they can wear a mask or face covering consistently and correctly at school and in the community.
    • Asymptomatic individuals can return to school after 14 days in quarantine if they cannot wear a mask or face covering consistently and correctly.
  • Isolation lasts at least
    • 10 days since symptoms first appear 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)

Isolation or Quarantine: What's the difference?

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.

Additional Information


Decision Aids For Exclusion and Return for Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases