New NCHD policy

Community Health

Newton County Health Department


812 W. Harmony/PO Box 447
Neosho, MO 64850
Telephone: 417-451-3743Fax: 417-451-1852

December 3, 2020

Citizens of Newton County,

CDC has issued guidelines that allow a reduced quarantine time for those individuals who are
identified as contacts to a positive case of COVID-19. A 14-day quarantine is recommended but
there are circumstances in which the quarantine time can be shortened. The Newton County
Health Department will implement the following circumstances that will shorten the quarantine

  1. Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported
    during daily monitoring.
  2. When diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available, then quarantine can
    end after day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and no symptoms were reported
    during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested withing 48 hours
    before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (day 5 or 6). This will allow for
    test results to be received by day 7. If test results are received before day 7, the contact
    cannot be released from quarantine before day 7.
    *Be aware that testing sites may only be testing individuals exhibiting symptoms and
    therefore, tests may not be available. Check with site for availability.

In both cases, continued symptom monitoring and masking/distancing through day 14 must be
These guidelines will apply to all individuals who are contacts to a positive case. However, the
Newton County Health Department reserves the right to evaluate each individual case and
make changes on a case by case basis if circumstances justify changes to protect the health and
well being of the individual and those in the community.
It is suggested that household contacts isolate themselves from the positive household case or
be aware that quarantine time will extend for a longer period of time due to continued contact
with the positive case.

A link to the full CDC guideline text is below.

Larry Bergner