Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-14-04-.09 - [Effective until 6/20/2022] QUARANTINE FOR COVID-19
(1) For purposes of this rule, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Fully vaccinated" means at least two (2) weeks following receipt of the second dose of a two (2) dose vaccine series, or at least two (2) weeks following receipt of one (1) dose of a single dose vaccine, or as defined by the Commissioner and published on the Department of Health's website.
(b) "Serious public health or safety threat" means a substantial risk of exposure to COVID-19 among a jurisdiction, geographic area, building or other defined community or group of people based on factors including, but not limited to:
1. One or more clusters or outbreaks of disease in a delineated population;
2. Statistical increase or sustained elevation in rate of new cases per one hundred thousand (100,000) population;
3. Rate of new cases in a population rising acutely or exceeding that of other comparable areas;
4. Number of COVID-19 hospital admissions per one hundred (100) beds;
6. An increased likelihood of severe disease or death among the exposed population (as in elderly or immunocompromised settings or higher morbidity of variants detected in the community); and
7. Low proportion of population fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
(2) Quarantine of Persons. A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 must immediately isolate following the receipt of a positive antigen, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, or other United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved or authorized test for acute COVID-19 infection, as follows:
(a) For persons who do not experience COVID-19 symptoms, at least ten (10) days from the date of the specimen collection that resulted in the positive test result; or
(b) For persons who experience COVID-19 symptoms, at least ten (10) days from the date of initial onset of symptoms, and isolation must continue until the person has shown improvement in symptoms and has been fever free without fever-reducing medication for at least twenty-four (24) hours.
(c) Notwithstanding subsections (2)(a) and (2)(b), a person may end isolation at any time upon receipt of a negative antigen, PCR, or other FDA approved or authorized test for acute COVID-19 infection test result following the initial positive test result.
(3) Quarantine of a Private Business.
(a) A private business may be temporarily quarantined if the Commissioner or his or her designee determines that the potential for transmission of COVID-19 to persons on the private business's premises poses a serious public health or safety threat, and is not effectively managed by mitigation measures.
(b) The quarantine of the private business must be lifted as soon as conditions no longer present a serious public health or safety threat.
(4) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to prohibit local health officials and schools from making quarantining decisions as they relate to schools as defined by the Tennessee Code in Title 14.
Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-208(a)(1) & (a)(5); and 14-4-101.
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