FWW Employment Alert: New Year...New Rules—Summary of Federal and State Rules and Guidance Related to COVID-19
While the newest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, is less virulent, it is highly transmissible and federal and state agencies have taken steps to implement new rules to address both of these factors.
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On December 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") updated its guidance for quarantine and isolation because “science demonstrat[es] 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.” The CDC shortened both the recommended quarantine and isolation periods. However, with the same guidance, the CDC recognizes that even vaccinated individuals are contracting the Omicron variant at a higher rate than prior variants and it recommends a period of quarantine for certain vaccinated individuals.