COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

I AM WAITING FOR RESULTS AND HAVE SYMPTOMS.


For Those Who Live or Work in Correctional Facilities, Homeless Shelters and Healthcare Settings:


Start isolating yourself immediately, until you receive your test result. If you test positive, continue following isolation guidelines. If you test negative and continue to experience symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for guidance.


For General Public: 


Start isolating yourself immediately, until you receive your test result. If you test positive, continue following isolation guidelines. If you test negative and continue to experience symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for guidance.

For Those Working or Attending K-12 Schools:

See Schools & Childcare - COVID-19

I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases increase, it might take a few days for you to hear from the health department by phone or text. When the health department does contact you, please answer the phone or follow the text message instructions.

For Those Who Live or Work in Correctional Facilities, Homeless Shelters and Healthcare Settings:

Start isolating yourself immediately.

STAY HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS FOR 10 DAYS.

 
  • Let your employer and child's school know you have COVID-19. Read more about isolation here.
  • Fill out the Self-Report COVID-19 Case form if
    • You tested positive using an at-home test
    • The health department directs you to do so
Notify your close contacts so they can start to quarantine.
  • Close contacts = people within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes total in a 24 hour period, when the positive person was contagious.
  • You are contagious 2 days before your symptoms appear (or 2 days before positive test, if no symptoms), through the end of the isolation period. You can notify your contacts anonymously here.

For General Public:

Start isolating yourself immediately.

STAY HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS FOR 5 DAYS.
 
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house, but must continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days.

    • IF YOU CANNOT wear a mask while around others for whatever reason, isolation is 10 days.

    • Well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (e.g., N95s) offer the most protection, however studies continue to support the use of well-fitting multi-layered cloth masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, it's important that you always choose a well-fitting and comfortable mask or respirator and wear it properly. A poorly fitting or uncomfortable mask or respirator may be less effective if it is worn improperly or taken off frequently, which may reduce its intended benefit.

  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • Let your employer and child's school know you have COVID-19. Read more about isolation here.
  • Fill out the Self-Report COVID-19 Case form if
    • You tested positive using an at-home test
    • The health department directs you to do so
Notify your close contacts so they can start to quarantine.
  • Close contacts = people within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes total in a 24 hour period, when the positive person was contagious.
  • You are contagious 2 days before your symptoms appear (or 2 days before positive test, if no symptoms), through the end of the isolation period. You can notify your contacts anonymously here.

For Those Working or Attending K-12 Schools:

See Schools & Childcare - COVID-19

I AM A CLOSE CONTACT


For Those Who Live or Work in Correctional Facilities, Homeless Shelters and Healthcare Settings:


Begin quarantine immediately.


Unless fully vaccinated, quarantine is 10 to 14 days. If contacts develop symptoms, get tested, but stay home otherwise.


Individuals who are fully vaccinated AND don't have any symptoms don't have to quarantine after exposure to a person with COVID-19. It is recommended to get tested 5 - 7 days after exposure and wear a mask indoors for 14 days or until after receiving a negative test. Read more here.


Read more about quarantine here.


Find a local testing site here.

For General Public:

Quarantine guidance may be adjusted to respond to and control outbreaks within unique settings as needed. Local communities and individuals should work with their local health departments for outbreak response and follow additional quarantine recommendations as situations dictate to maintain a safer environment for community members.

 

• Individual is exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 and:

 

1. Exposure is to a personal/household contact*:

  • Conduct symptom monitoring for 10 days; and

  • Test at least one time if possible 3-7 days after exposure and if symptoms develop; and

  • Wear a well-fitting mask** for 10 days from the date of last exposure to protect others (home quarantine is an alternative for those who are unable or unwilling to mask); and

  • Avoid unmasked activities or activities with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals*** for 10 days from the date of last exposure

2. Exposure is to other type of contact (from a community, social or work setting)

  • Conduct symptom monitoring for 10 days; and

  • Test if symptoms develop; and

  • Consider wearing a well-fitting mask** around others for 10 days from the date of last exposure to protect others. At a minimum, wear a mask in settings with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals

 

*Personal/Household contacts include individuals you share living spaces with, including bedrooms, bathrooms, living room and kitchens. It also includes those who live together, sleep over, carpool or have direct exposure to respiratory secretions from a positive individual (e.g. kissing, sharing drinks, changing diapers, etc…). This would include exposure in childcare settings for those under 2 years of age.

 

** Well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (e.g., N95s) offer the most protection, however studies continue to support the use of well-fitting multi-layered cloth masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, it's important that you always choose a well-fitting and comfortable mask or respirator and wear it properly. A poorly fitting or uncomfortable mask or respirator may be less effective if it is worn improperly or taken off frequently, which may reduce its intended benefit.

 

***Activities with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals may include activities where you cannot mask, interactions with those who are immunocompromised or other high-risk individuals, and social/recreational activities in congregate settings.


Read more about quarantine here.
Find a local testing site here.

For Those Working or Attending K-12 Schools:

See Schools & Childcare - COVID-19