No Need To Quarantine After Exposure To Someone With COVID-19 If You Meet These Criteria

Feb 17, 2021

YKHC has adapted its quarantine guidelines to mirror the updated CDC guidelines released on Feb. 13.
Credit Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has changed its guidelines for people quarantining after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The new guidelines mirror the federal guidelines issued last week by the CDC. People who have been fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine will no longer need to quarantine after being exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 if the vaccinated person meets all three of these criteria:

  1. They are fully vaccinated, meaning that it has been more than two weeks since receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine dose.
  2. It has not been longer than three months since receiving their second dose.
  3. They have remained asymptomatic since the exposure.

CDC guidelines also advise that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and have recovered do not need to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop COVID-19 symptoms.

The CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated and have not recovered from COVID-19 quarantine at home for 14 days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, and that they monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus.

YKHC will continue testing people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. YKHC also encourages everyone age 16 and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In Bethel, YKHC is offering vaccinations at the hospital, AC, Swanson’s, and the Old Senior Center in Housing Subdivision. Register for a vaccine using this link from YKHC:

YKHC has begun offering COVID-19 testing to every person visiting a YKHC facility, including the Bethel hospital and village clinics.

YKHC has reduced its hours at the Bethel COVID-19 drive-thru testing site, located in the parking lot of the YKHC administrative building. Testing will occur without an appointment from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Testing is available by appointment in Bethel by calling 907-543-6949 or by calling a local village clinic.