Dowd Medical Associates

Testing and Quarantine

Testing and Quarantine for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals

Testing and quarantine procedures are different depending on if someone is vaccinated or unvaccinated

Close contact if UNVACCINATED

If your child is unvaccinated and determined to be a close contact of someone with Covid-19, they must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days (if asymptomatic AND tested negative on day 5) followed by strict mask wearing for 5 days

Close contact if VACCINATED

If your child is vaccinated and is determined to be a close contact of someone with Covid-19, they must mask in public for 10 days post-exposure and be tested 5-7 days after their exposure, but no further quarantine is required (if asymptomatic).

For ALL close contacts regardless of vaccination status

All close contacts regardless of vaccination status must immediately quarantine and be tested if they become symptomatic during the 14 day period after exposure.

*Please note that for close contacts participating in "test and stay" programs through their school districts, these quarantine guidelines may be slightly altered - please speak with your school nurse or your provider if you have questions.*


107 Woburn Street,

Reading, MA 01867


2 Haven Street,

Suite 309

Reading, MA 01867

Useful Websites


Quarantine and testing guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

From the MA Chapter of the AAP

An algorithm from the Massachusetts chapter of the AAP describing indications for testing for symptoms or after exposure

Covid-19 Testing

Information regarding indication for covid testing, including explanation of the different types of tests

Find a Covid Test Site in MA

Search for a site for a covid test

CDC Quarantine and Isolation

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance Updated 12/27/21