COVID-19: Calculating Quarantines/Isolations

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• Specializes in Geriatric Home Health, High School Nurse.

Help!  I am having a mental block for some reason.  Onset of symptoms 1/11.  Do I start counting day one on 1/12 or do I start on 1/11?  I have been doing this for MONTHS but all of a sudden I am blanking out!

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Day 1 is onset of symptoms.  I get confused a lot too, so I just add the number of days of isolation/quarantine to the date. 1/11 + 10 days= 1/21 is day #10/last day of isolation.  They can return to school 1/22.

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Thanks @BrisketRN for jumping in to help me out.  How in the world I got myself so confused is beyond me, but I am so glad I have my virtual nurse's station to bail me out.

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My state put out a handy calculator.  Scroll down a little bit.  https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2400.htm

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2 minutes ago, SaltineQueen said:

My state put out a handy calculator

That's fantastic! Thank you!  I spend a lot of time helping entire families figure out their quarantine/isolation times.  This is a perfect resource for them.

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We have done day of test or symptom onset as Day 0 and move forward 10 days from there

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I have a spreadsheet with a formula.  I plug in the date and the next column shows me the date 10 days out, I add one and tell the parent/kid/staff that that's the day they can return.  For 1/11 is would be 1/22 return.

Does that make sense?

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46 minutes ago, NutmeggeRN said:

We have done day of test or symptom onset as Day 0 and move forward 10 days from there

Same. This is the CDC guidance as well.

21 minutes ago, BunnyBunnyBSNRN said:

I have a spreadsheet with a formula.  I plug in the date and the next column shows me the date 10 days out, I add one and tell the parent/kid/staff that that's the day they can return.  For 1/11 is would be 1/22 return.

Does that make sense?

Yep. This using test day and/or symptom onset day as day 0 here. I have a physical calendar I count on all the time. It is so helpful.

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I have printed out monthly calendar sheets.  I have one for each of our students or faculty in isolation or quarantine.  I can then write directly on the sheet onset of symptoms, test results and count out the days.  It helps me immensely to be able to actually write out the days and be able to refer to the sheet.   When I have people who are having a hard time understanding the reasoning behind the date that they are given I can scan in and email this to them.  Especially helpful for situations when the quarantine can not begin until an isolation period has concluded.

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21 hours ago, JenTheSchoolRN said:

Same. This is the CDC guidance as well.

Yep. This using test day and/or symptom onset day as day 0 here. I have a physical calendar I count on all the time. It is so helpful.

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