U-TURN: NY Slashes COVID Quarantine for Essential Workers from 10 to 5 Days Due to Shortages

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul slashed COVID quarantine requirements from 10 to 5 days for essential workers as the number of cases sparked worker shortages in hospitals, supermarkets, and other industries.

“Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday the state will issue the new return-to-work guidance allowing fully inoculated individuals who have tested positive for the virus to go back to work five days later so long as they’re asymptomatic, have had no fever for 72 hours, do not have a cough and aren’t on medication for the disease,” reports the NY Post.

“We want to make sure that our critical workforce we’ve relied on from the beginning – and my heart goes out to them, we’re with filled with gratitude – that our workers can get back [to work],” said Hochul during a briefing from Albany.

“That includes our health care, elder care, home health care, sanitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants – you know who you are…you’re the ones that got us through the first many months of anxiety,” she added.

“Given the very high case counts during the current COVID-19 surge in NYS, the Department expects a large number of mild or asymptomatic cases in fully vaccinated persons,” reads the guidance issued by the state Department of Health.

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