Home Isolation Instructions

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Home Isolation Instructions for People with or likely to have COVID-19

NOTE: If you are having a medical emergency, such as difficulty breathing, chest or upper abdominal pain, or other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Do you have COVID-19? Go to step C.

Are you worried you have COVID? Follow these isolation instructions:

Isolation Instructions

    1. Call and schedule a test for COVID-19 if you have any of the following symptoms:
      • fever,
      • headache,
      • dry cough,
      • muscle aches,
      • loss of smell or taste,
      • sore throat,
      • chills,
      • runny nose,
      • nausea,
      • diarrhea,
      • shortness of breath.
    2. Remember, symptoms can be mild or severe. Even people who have no symptoms can have COVID and pass the virus to others.
      If you have a healthcare provider: Call and explain that you have symptoms of COVID, and request to schedule a test.
      If you do not have a healthcare provider: Call the Sonoma County Health Department COVID Hotline to schedule a free testing appointment: (707) 565-4667.
      Your information is strictly confidential and will not be shared with other governmental agencies or immigration officials.
    3. Stay at home in self-isolation while you are waiting for your test results — do not go to work, do not go out to public places, and stay separated from other family members as much as possible.
      Your test result will be sent back to you by text or email if you get a test through the County, or your provider will contact you with the result.
      If you need help to stay in isolation, we can help connect you with services to support you and your family when you have to stay home.
      Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 to talk/text with a call taker 24/7.
      Resources are available regardless of immigration status.
    4. If your test result is positive, you have COVID-19. To protect your family, co-workers, and the community, stay in isolation for 10 days after your symptoms start to prevent giving the virus to others. Once you are finished with your 10-day isolation, you do not need a repeat test.
      Based on availability, a case manager from the health department or its partners may call you to answer your questions, gather information, and help you access resources (financial support, food delivery, alternative housing, or other services) to help you during your isolation. They will give you a letter for your employer to excuse you from work. Once you are finished, they will give you a release letter allowing you to return to work.
      If you are able to isolate at home in a separate room from your other household members, do so. Stay out of common areas like kitchen and living room as much as possible. If you go out of your room, wear a mask. If you must share a bathroom, clean it after each use. Here’s a short video explaining what to do:

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    5. If you cannot isolate at home safely or you have vulnerable people in your household, such as elderly or immune compromised people call 2-1-1. The County will help you locate an alternative site for you to isolate safely and away from others who might get infected.
    6. If your test result is negative, you may be sick with something else, such as flu or a cold. Stay home until you feel better to keep from passing your illness to others. You are not required to isolate.
      If you have questions or want to see a health provider, call your doctor if you have one. Find the nearest community health center if you do not have a primary health care provider.

Restrictions and information applying to both isolation and quarantine

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or public
  • 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.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if available
  • Do not prepare or serve food to others
  • Do not allow visitors into your home
  • Do not use public transportation, ride shares or taxis.
  • Do not wait in waiting rooms.