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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2022
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced updates to their isolation and quarantine guidance for the general public, which the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) aligned with the following day. However, these changes were for the general public.
Both CDC and DOH have indicated that they would be updating guidance for people staying, working or learning in non-healthcare congregate settings. This includes childcares, schools, shelters and similar settings. New K-12 guidance and supplemental recommendations were released Jan. 7.
“I know this has been challenging with different groups having to follow different guidance,” said Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for the Snohomish Health District. “However, until or unless new guidance is issued by the state, remaining groups need to continue to follow existing DOH and CDC guidance for their setting. If there are any conflicts between DOH requirements and CDC guidance, then the DOH requirements supersede.”
RESOURCE: Summary of Isolation & Quarantine Guidance by Group
These recent changes also required some adjustments to local Health Officer Orders previously issued. Dr. Spitters has issued Health Officer Order 2022-02, which supersedes and replaces the previous local isolation order, quarantine directive, and masking directive.
The new order defers to and harmonizes with statewide control measures, requiring all people in Snohomish County to follow:
This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.