COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

I AM WAITING FOR RESULTS AND HAVE SYMPTOMS.


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.

I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

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
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.

  • 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.

I AM A CLOSE CONTACT


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.

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

 

** 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.



Find a local testing site here.