What is mandatory quarantine?

Quarantine is a public health technique designed to keep a person away from the general public because they have been exposed to an infectious or contagious disease. An individual is placed on mandatory quarantine when they test positive for COVID-19, or when they have been in close contact with or are a household contact to a positive COVID-19 patient. Mandatory quarantine helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is enforceable by Missouri Revised Statute (RsMo) 192.320.

If the St. Charles County Department of Public Health (SCCDPH) determines that you need to be placed on mandatory quarantine, then you must stay home for the duration of your quarantine,.

Similarities and Differences - Quarantine and Isolation

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1. What is mandatory quarantine?
2. What is Isolation?
3. What happens after I receive my quarantine notification?
4. What is the duration of quarantine or isolation for positive cases and close contacts or household contacts to positive cases?
5. Are there any laws that pertain to quarantine?
6. Why do I need to isolate from my household members?
7. If I'm isolated, can I leave my room to do things around the house?
8. What if I test positive and have young children and/or dependent household members for which I am responsible?
9. I tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to test negative in order to be released from quarantine or isolation?
10. I've tested positive for COVID-19. Should everyone with whom I have closely contacted be tested too?
11. How will I obtain groceries or other necessities if I live alone, or if everyone in my household is quarantined with me?
12. Are there mental health resources available for me during these challenging times?