Beyond Vision

Update to COVID Response Plan

Beyond Vision Team,

Happy New Year! I hope you and your families enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. And we hope for a prosperous and healthy 2022. I apologize for this lengthy message. But this information is important. Please review it carefully.

The pandemic began almost two years ago. And from the beginning, Beyond Vision has been committed to following CDC Guidelines relating to COVID-19. Last week, the CDC updated its guidelines regarding COVID-19 and quarantines. And Beyond Vision is implementing these guidelines as an update to our COVID-19 Response Plan. A complete update to our Plan will be shared soon. But for now, we will follow the below guidelines for quarantines.

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for anyone in the public who is exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person always wear a well-fitting mask when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

If you test positive, you should isolate right away. This applies to everyone, regardless of your vaccination status. Then take the following steps:
1. Stay home for 5 days.
2. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house and return to work.
3. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. Again, regardless of your vaccination status.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

Exposure (Close Contact) with Someone Who has Tested Positive for COVID

If you come into close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, the CDC provides new guidelines, depending upon your vaccination status. You may fall into one of two groups, Group A or Group B.

Group A: If you:

Have been boosted

OR

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months

OR

Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

You must follow this protocol.:

1. Wear a mask around others for 10 days (if you are asymptomatic).
2. Test on day 5, if possible.
3. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

Group B: If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted

OR

Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted.

OR

Are unvaccinated

You must follow this protocol.:

1. Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
2. If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
3. Test on day 5 if possible.
4. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

Source: CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

 

If you are not vaccinated, you must continue to follow established mask protocols while at work at Beyond Vision. Our contact tracing process remains the same.

We know this is a big shift from our previous policy. If you are confused, that is understandable. It is confusing. Please reach out to Rebecca or me if you have questions or need guidance.

Be well and thank you for all your efforts on behalf of our Mission!

Rob

 

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