For Close Contacts to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
This quarantine guidance is for people who live in the same household or had close contact with someone with Coronavirus Disease 2019. Please follow these steps to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading in your home or in your community.
Home Quarantine – Why am I being asked to do it?
If you live with or you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 infection and even if you feel well now, it is possible that you are also infected. It can take 2-14 days to show symptoms, so you may not know for up to 14 days if you are infected or not. You have been asked to self-quarantine in case you are infected so that you do not pass on the infection to anyone else.
How long do I need to self-quarantine?
Quarantine periods have recently been updated:
- If you obtain a negative COVID-19 test 8 days or more from your close contact with a confirmed case, you can end your quarantine 10 days after the last contact. Because you might still be a carrier of COVID-19 for up to 14 days, you must monitor your temperature and symptoms daily. You must also strictly comply with face covering, social distancing, and hygiene requirements, and avoid all gatherings with non-household members until 14-days from the last contact with a confirmed case.
- If you don’t take a COVID-19 diagnostic test, your quarantine is 14 days from the last date you had close contact (being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. It’s important for you to monitor your temperature and symptoms daily.
Remember, you begin to have symptoms or are confirmed to have COVID-19 during this time period, you must follow home isolation instructions
What must I do if I am self-quarantining? What are the restrictions?
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You must restrict activities and limit all movements that may put you in contact with others during the quarantine period.
- Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- Do not use public transportation, ride shares or taxis.
- Do not allow visitors into your home.
- Separate yourself from others in your home.
- Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home as much as possible. It is very important to stay away from people who are at higher risk of serious illness. This includes people who are age 65 years and older, pregnant, or have a health problem such as a chronic disease or a weak immune system. Consider different living arrangements for these high-risk people, if possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Try to stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Do not prepare or serve food to others.
- Avoid caring for children. If possible, arrange for another trusted adult to do so.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Avoid sharing household items.
- Clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces every day. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tables, and beside tables. Also, clean and disinfect any surfaces that may have body fluids on them. Use household cleaning and disinfectant sprays or wipes, according to the product label instructions.
What if I develop symptoms?
If you develop symptoms, you may have COVID-19. Most people with COVID-19 will have mild illness and can get better with the proper home care and without the need to see a provider. If you are 65 years and older, pregnant, or have a health condition such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or a weakened immune system you are at higher risk of more serious illness or complications.
Monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical care early if they get worse. You do not need to be tested just to confirm infection as most persons with respiratory infection, including COVID-19, will have mild illness which can get better with home care.
You need to remain home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and at least 3 days after your fever (fever is a body temperature of 100.0F, or higher) is completely gone and your respiratory symptoms are better. Call your medical provider if you have concerns or questions about the need for testing. You should continue to isolate yourself and follow the instructions for Home Isolation. If symptoms worsen or continue and you need to seek medical care, call your healthcare provider in advance, or a 9-1-1 in an emergency, and let them know you are a close contact to a person with confirmed COVID-19.
Will Public Health notify my workplace?
Public Health will not notify or release any personal information about you to your workplace unless it is necessary to do so to protect your health or the health of others.
Thank you for your cooperation in this important public health matter.
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