J&K Govt modifies Covid protocol to allow home quarantine of asymptomatic cases

Srinagar (NVI): The Jammu and Kashmir government, while modifying the protocol for Covid-19 positive cases and their contacts today, revised the home isolation guidelines to permit such patients for home quarantine who are asymptomatic with no comorbidity and are not vulnerable.

An order in this regard has been issued by Health & Medical Education Department wherein Divisional, District as well as designated institutions and hospitals which include SKIMS Soura, Srinagar, Govt. Medical Colleges of Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri and Director Health Services Kashmir/Jammu have been directed to follow the revised guidelines.

“All such patients shall be permitted for home quarantine provided they have separate room available in their home; have downloaded Aarogya Setu application on their phones; besides such patients will be provided with Oximeter to monitor their oxygen saturation and in the event of drop of the Oxygen level below 90 per cent they shall immediately be hospitalized; a poster shall be pasted outside their home displaying therein that the resident has been quarantined and reach out teams shall be constituted by the Directorate of Health Services, Jammu / Kashmir to monitor health status of the patient,” the order read.

It stated that it is permitted to dispense with present practice of administrative quarantine of contacts of COVID positive patients.

“All asymptomatic contacts of COVID-19 patient will be allowed home quarantine and tested on the sixth day of the contact,” the order further stated, adding that in case, the test of the contact returns positive, defined protocol for COVID-19 shall be followed.