COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Update
January 4, 2022:


The Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH) recently issued a new Administrative Order for Public
Health Control Measures. The updated Administrative Order contains new isolation and quarantine protocols
that align with the CDC guidance issued on December 27, 2021.


A brief summary of the new isolation and quarantine protocols are as follows:

Isolation: Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, shall:

Isolate at home for 5 days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the
positive test. Stay away from others in the household as much as possible during isolation.

After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have not had fever for
more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation. If symptoms
are not improving, or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met.

After ending isolation, you should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 days.

Quarantine: If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you:

1. Have received a COVID-19 booster shot, OR have become fully vaccinated within the last 6 months
(Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or within the last 2 months (J&J vaccine), OR are inside a 90-day period
after a COVID-19 infection:

o You do not need to quarantine at home

o It is recommended that you wear a mask around others for 10 days

o If possible, get tested on day 5

o If you develop symptoms, you should get tested and isolate at home until test results are
received, then proceed in accordance with the test results

2. Are not vaccinated, OR became fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine)
or more than 2 months ago (J&J vaccine) and have not received a booster:

o You should quarantine at home for 5 days. Afterwards, you should wear a mask while around
others for 5 additional days OR

o If unable to wear a mask, you should follow the GaDPH 10 day quarantine guidelines

o If possible, get tested on day 5

o If you develop symptoms, you should get tested and isolate at home until test results are
received, then proceed in accordance with the test results

These protocols are subject to change based on the information available