This week in COVID Guidance
On July 27, 2021, the CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals (note: non-healthcare) was updated to the below:
- If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
- To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
- You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
- Read more here.
CDC continues to advise individuals:
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
- If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others.
- Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
- Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others. If your test is positive, isolate at home for 10 days.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19, 2 weeks after they have received their second dose. There is currently no post-vaccination time limit on fully vaccinated status.
CDC guidance for exposure for unvaccinated people refers to individuals of all ages, including children, that have not completed a vaccination series or received a single-dose vaccine. As a reminder the CDC guidance for non-healthcare unvaccinated individuals is:
Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
- If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
This guidance is for those not in healthcare as the OSHA ETS has set those guidelines, see here.
NC Executive Order 224 signed July 29, 2021, states federal and state health officials have issued guidance on how individuals and businesses can reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. These recommendations are available here. Private businesses and organizations are strongly encouraged, at a minimum, to follow the measures in the NC DHHS guidance. This is not a mandate. These measures include requiring workers to either verify that they are fully vaccinated or, if they are not fully vaccinated, to wear face coverings and be tested on a weekly basis. These measures also include recommending face coverings for fully vaccinated workers and guests indoors when other people are present. The mask ordinance put in effect in March 2021 does expire July 30, 2021.
These requirements set out prohibitions and restrictions only upon operation of agencies that are part of the Governor’s Office or are headed by members of the Governor’s Cabinet to either provide proof of vaccination or test weekly. All other state and local government agencies are strongly encouraged to voluntarily adopt similar policies but are not mandated to do so.
Catapult has tools and resources to assist members in managing their workforce during this ever-changing environment. Our COVID toolkit can be accessed here or contact an HR Advisor to discuss your needs.