Home Quarantine Instructions for People likely to have COVID-19 in their Household or close Contact
I have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, but I don’t feel sick. What do I do?
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.
- If you get 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, if you begin to have symptoms or are confirmed to have COVID-19 during this time period, you must follow home isolation instructions.
- If you are identified as a contact to someone who has COVID-19, a County Health Department contact tracer will call you to explain what you need to do, schedule a free testing appointment for you, and connect you with resources you might need during your quarantine.
If you were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 but you have not been contacted by a County Health Department contact tracer, you can call the COVID Hotline to find out about potential resources for quarantining: (707) 565-4667.The contact tracer will provide you with a letter excusing you from work if you need one. They will also provide you with a release letter after your 10 days and a negative test so that you can go back to work. They can help you with additional resources you may need to help you stay at home. Resources are available regardless of immigration status.Your information is strictly confidential and will not be shared with other governmental agencies or immigration officials.
- Do not get tested right away—it will be too soon to tell if you have been infected by the virus.
If you do not have symptoms, you will be scheduled for a test at around day eight or later of your quarantine. Your contact tracer will help you schedule an appointment at our drive-thru testing site in Santa Rosa specifically for contacts of people who have COVID-19, so you don’t have to wait for a long time for a test. If you can’t go there, the contact tracer will work with you to find a more convenient testing location. Once the test is scheduled, you will get an automatic notice of your appointment with the time and location of your test. You will receive results either automatically on your phone or by email.
- If you develop any of these symptoms while you are in quarantine, call your contact tracer immediately and they will schedule you for an earlier appointment for testing:
- dry cough,
Remember, symptoms can be mild or severe. Even people who have no symptoms can have COVID and pass the virus to others.If you develop severe symptoms and need immediate help, dial 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.If you have health questions related to your symptoms, call your regular doctor if you have one. Find the nearest community health center if you do not have a primary health care provider.
- muscle aches,
- loss of smell or taste,
- sore throat,
- runny nose,
- shortness of breath.
- If you test negative, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. You can end your quarantine after Day 10. Since the virus can appear up to 14 days after contact, monitor for symptoms. Report changes to a healthcare professional.
The contact tracer will provide you with a release-from-quarantine letter and you are free to resume your normal activities.
- If your test result is positive, it means you have developed COVID-19 (even if you don’t feel sick) and you will need to isolate at home for 10 more days from your test date until you are no longer infectious. Once you are finished with your 10-day isolation, you do NOT need a repeat test.
A case manager from the health department or its partners will 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.If you cannot isolate at home safely or you have vulnerable people in your household, such as elderly or immune compromised people, the County will help you find another place to stay to prevent them from becoming sick.If you need help to stay in isolation, contact tracers will help connect you with services to support you and your family when you have to stay home.Resources are available regardless of immigration status.
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.