Home Isolation Instructions

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Were you diagnosed with COVID-19?

Stay home and self-isolate.

Do you likely have COVID-19?

Get tested if you feel sick or have reason to suspect you have COVID-19. If you have health insurance, contact your healthcare provider. If you don’t have insurance, call 211 to get a test.

Stay home and self-isolate while waiting for test results.

How do I self-isolate?

Do not leave your home unless you are getting healthcare. Do not go to work. Do not allow visitors into your home.

Rest and drink plenty of fluids. You may take acetaminophen (like Tylenol) to reduce fever and pain. Do not give any medicines to children under 2 without first checking with a doctor.

Dealing with COVID-19 can be stressful. You can explore the resources available at Mental Health & Wellness during COVID-19.

Limit contact with people you live with

Stay in your own room.

Use a separate bathroom. If you can’t, clean and disinfect it after each use.

Do not prepare or serve food to others. Keep your own set of utensils, plates, towels, bedding, or other household items. Do not share them.

Stay clear of people who are 65 or older, pregnant, chronically ill, or have weakened immune systems. Limit your contact with pets.

Follow good hygiene practices, including:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you don’t have soap or water, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Wash or sanitize your hands afterward and place tissue in lined trash can.

Wear a face covering, and have others wear face coverings around you. Open the windows if you are in a shared space.

If you have to leave for medical care, do not use public transportation. When possible, use a personal vehicle. If you can’t drive yourself, keep as much distance between you and the driver as possible. Roll down the windows. Wear face coverings. If you need emergency services, inform paramedics that you are self-isolating due to COVID-19.

Ask friends or loved ones to help

Here’s how they can help:

  • Leave food and drinks at your door.
  • Get you medicine to relieve symptoms.
  • Help care for children, parents, or other dependents.
  • Help care for your pets.

If friends and family come to help, remind them to wear a face covering and wash their hands.

What if I can’t separate myself from others?

If you have to be in the same room with someone, stay 6 feet apart and wear face coverings. Open windows, if possible, or turn on a fan or air conditioner to increase airflow. After leaving, they need to wash their hands, dispose of their mask, and wash their hands again.

If it’s not possible to isolate at your home, Sonoma County has an alternate care site (ACS) at Dry Creek Inn for those with mild or moderate COVID-19 or are waiting for test results. Contact your healthcare provider for a referral.

When should I seek medical attention?

Call 911 if you have a life-threatening emergency. Contact your healthcare provider if you have difficulty breathing, trouble keeping fluids down, dehydration, confusion, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, or any other severe symptoms that cause you concern.

If you need an ambulance, tell the paramedics you are isolating due to COVID-19.

When I can end my isolation?

You should self-isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms start (or 10 days after you were tested if you never have symptoms). After you self-isolate and before you can be around others, your symptoms should also be improving (including not having a fever for at least 24 hours).

What if I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Quarantine is required when you’ve had any of the following types of close contact with someone who has COVID-19:

  • You were within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes.
  • You provided care at home.
  • You had direct physical contact, such as hugging or kissing.
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They coughed, sneezed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Quarantine protocol is essentially the same as isolation instructions. Stay home. Separate yourself from others. The only difference is that the last day of quarantine is Day 15 after your last close contact with a person with COVID-19. The incubation period for the virus is 5 -14 days, so a negative test early in the quarantine period does not tell you if you are infected. You must stay home the full 14 days.

Remember, if you continue close contact, the 14-day quarantine period begins after the most recent contact.