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Updated CDC Guidance as of Aug. 11, 2022 for COVID-19 Quarantining and Isolation

Posted by: Karen Booher on August 15th, 2022

What can’t be denied is that COVID-19 continues to have a daily impact on our companies and our employees. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work on updating and refining their guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus.

The CDC most recently streamlined its guidelines on August 11, 2022. To minimize safety and legal risks, employers should take note of these newest guidelines, summarized below by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

New Guidance

Quarantine is a strategy used to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others, according to the CDC.

Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19.  People who are in isolation should stay home, apart from others, until it’s safe for them to be around other people.

The new guidance from the CDC recommends that:

Jenifer Bologna, an attorney with Jackson Lewis in White Plains, NY, noted that the CDC’s updated guidance highlights individual responsibility. In addition, she said it no longer differentiates between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.



  1. SHRM HR Daily Newsletter, Aug. 15, 2022. “What Should Employers Do When a Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19?”, by Allen Smith, J.D., Aug. 12, 2022.
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/p0811-covid-guidance.html

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