As small outbreaks of Covid-19 continue it has prompted CDC to review guidelines as to what qualifies for close contact and when a face mask is needed. The updated guidance changes the definition of "close contact" of an infected person to a person who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes in one day. This puts a much clearer definition on the guideline.

The CDC made the changes after an outbreak in a Northeast jail where there was an outbreak of Covid cases and they felt it needed to be better defined. Remember anyone with the following symptoms may have COVID-19 and should be treated as such until they have a negative test result: loss of smell and taste, muscle weakness, runny nose, cough, headache, upset stomach, shortness of breath, and loss of appetite. If you have any of these symptoms you must wear a surgical face mask at all times and make anyone aware that you have been in contact with in the last 48 hours. Then do your research to find the nearest testing facility and get a test, it is also important to stay in quarantine until you have received a negative test result and feel better.

As the holidays approach remember your family needs you and by wearing a face mask and taking a few extra precautions you can ensure that you stay safe - healthy! It is a small ask, wear a mask!