If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or if you may be ill with COVID-19, you will be asked to quarantine or isolate yourself.
Quarantine and isolation are important disease control steps to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Home isolation is mandatory if you have tested positive for COVID-19 by order of the State Health Officer.
Isolation keeps someone who tested positive for COVID-19 away from others.
You don't have to have symptoms to be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate themselves at home, away from others you may live with.
If you are sick, know or think you may have COVID-19, stay home until:
At least 14 days have passed since your symptoms began, and
It has been at least 24 hours since you last had a fever, without using fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen), and
Your symptoms have improved.
If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms:
Stay home until after 14 days have passed since your positive test.
Isolation includes staying away from others in your home.
If you live with others, stay in a specific room or area reserved just for you. Stay away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom if available.
Quarantine keeps you away from others if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 indicates the need for quarantine at home.
If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19:
Stay home until 14 days after your last contact.
Check your temperature twice a day, and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
Stay away as much as possible from those who could become very ill from COVID-19, such as older adults or those in poor health.
- Consider getting testing for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms. Contact a testing provider near you, and let them know that you have been exposed.