July 16, 2020 - Yesterday, on the advice of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro (IPH), the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) took the decision to change the orders of the Ministry of Health regarding quarantine and self-isolation of persons who were or are suspected of being in contact with COVID-19 patients or with persons suspected of having the disease.
Self-isolation measures are of the following durations:
- 21 days for persons who have been or are suspected of being in contact with persons suffering from the new coronavirus or persons suspected of having the disease.
- Until recovery, and at least 21 days, for persons who have returned a positive PCR test for the new coronavirus, and have mild symptoms or no symptoms of the disease.
Measures are determined based on the Sanitary Inspection's decision, following the Protocol for the treatment of patients and contacts of COVID-19 patients established by the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro.
Institutional isolation is required under the following conditions:
- After 21 days following positive diagnosis for persons who had been hospitalized, if they meet the criteria for recovery following the Protocol of treatment of patients and contacts of COVID-19 patients and have a negative test result before the end of the 21 day-period after the first positive SARS-CoV-2 test.
- In the case of one negative test result, but not less than 21 days from the diagnosis of the disease, persons who have been hospitalized, meet the criteria for recovery and have a positive control test result, following the Protocol for the treatment of patients and contacts of COVID- 19 patients of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro.
Exceptionally, a measure of self-isolation may be imposed on these persons, if the conditions are met for accommodation in self-isolation.
Self-isolation means staying in family accommodation or another facility with restricted movement and includes monitoring of the individual's health condition, as well as that of all members of his joint family household. The competent epidemiological service is responsible for the monitoring, as decided by the Sanitary Inspection.
Institutional isolation means accommodation in a facility intended for self-isolation and the stay of persons who have a positive test for new coronavirus and have no symptoms. Those patients do not require medical treatment but must be under the supervision of health workers, under the authority of the Sanitary Inspection, in line with the Protocol for treatment of COVID-19 patients of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro.
The measure of compulsory quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days remains in force for Montenegrin citizens and residents of Montenegro who come from countries with which international passenger traffic is not allowed in line with the prescribed epidemiological criteria.
The measures are temporary and shall be applied for as long as the danger of introducing or spreading the disease remains.
Source: Boka News