Who needs to quarantine and steps to take? (Updated: 12/02/2020)

People who have tested positive for COVID-19.

If you had a positive COVID-19 test AND have remained asymptomatic, you may discontinue isolation when at least 10 days have passed since your first positive COVID-19 test. If you test positive for COVID-19 and HAVE symptoms, then you must self-isolate for 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of symptoms.

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 – excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months. 

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged/kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Steps to take

  • Self-quarantine for 14 days, if the person (close contact) reports no symptoms
  • Watch for fever (100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

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