If you were hoping to adopt a new fur baby this weekend in celebration of Halloween, you will have to wait a few more days if Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Rockford was going to be your first stop.

Noah's Ark posted this on Facebook Thursday night;

CLOSED SANCTUARY Friday Saturday and Monday. Oct 30, 31 and Nov 2. Due to a staff member testing positive we are closed for additional cleaning. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes our community but we want everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for understanding.

In case you didn't know, I tested positive for COVID last week and since then my husband and oldest daughter have as well. We are still dealing with the confusion of when all of  our quarantine times will be over (mine officially is), but I am happy to say we are all doing well and about out of this super-frustrating woods.

I bring up this tale only because one of the things I was first told when I tested positive for COVID was that I needed to quarantine from people and PETS for at least 10 days. I'll be honest, the pets part threw me for a bit of a loop. When I'm feeling down or sick, my cuddle buddy Brooks is always by my side. He gives me comfort, and am I seriously supposed to keep him at a distance for two weeks?!?! To me that was way worse than they virus itself!

So, what's the reason for this? According to the CDC;

Because there is a risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, CDC recommends that pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household.

There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets.

If you test positive for COVID-19, the CDC recommends having a healthy member of your household care for your pets and that you should avoid cuddling, snuggling, petting, kissing, or sharing a bed with your pet while you are still experiencing symptoms.

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