Quarantine & Isolation

Quarantine

You have been in close contact (less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and are not having symptoms.

If You Are Unvaccinated / Not Fully Vaccinated

Get tested immediately. If result is negative, get tested again 5-7 days after your last exposure/immediately if symptoms develop.

Stay home for 10 days after exposure, watch for fever (100.4F), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.

If possible, stay away from household members, especially those at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Watch for symptoms. Continue careful masking and physical distancing from others for 14 days after exposure. There is a small chance of becoming sick up to 14 days after exposure.

If you (or your child) are a student at a K-12 school, your school might allow you to return after 7 days if a negative COVID-19 test is obtained on day 5 or later. Check with your school protocols.

If You Are Fully Vaccinated

Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until you get a negative test result.

Get tested 5-7 days after close contact, even with no symptoms.

Get tested and isolate immediately if any COVID-19 symptoms start to develop.

Applies to All Regardless of Status

If you had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days after exposure, and monitor for symptoms. Isolate immediately if symptoms develop. Consult a healthcare professional for testing recommendations if new symptoms develop.


Isolation

You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (with or without symptoms) or you are awaiting test results.

Stay Home

  • Monitor symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from household members, if possible. Wear a mask when around other people if able.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible. If you use the same bathroom, keep toothbrushes separate and disinfect surfaces after each use.
  • Do not share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Household members should quarantine (see guidance above).

When to Stop Isolation

You may stop isolation at least 10 days after symptoms began AND 24 hours after no fever without fever reducing medications and symptoms have improved. People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days after symptoms first appeared. People with weakened immune systems may require testing to determine when they can be around others. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

If you did not have symptoms, you may stop isolation after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. You do not need to be tested again, and you do not need a negative test result to end isolation. Many individuals who recover from COVID-19 may continue testing positive for the virus for weeks, despite no longer being contagious.

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