Home quarantine instructions for people likely to have COVID-19 in their household or close contact
Fully vaccinated individuals
Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after being exposed to a case if they meet ALL of the following criteria:
- They are fully vaccinated;
- They have not had any COVID-19 symptoms since the COVID-19 exposure;
- They are not an inpatient or resident in a healthcare setting or facility.
Fully vaccinated individuals should get tested three to five days after exposure (if identified as a close contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19), monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days.
You are considered fully vaccinated:
- two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines;
- two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
Individuals who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, even if they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to follow the quarantine guidelines below after exposure to someone to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Quarantine for 10 days
- Get tested on day five or later
- If the test is negative, you may end quarantine after day seven
- You must continue to monitor for symptoms
If you don’t take a COVID-19 diagnostic test, your quarantine is 10 days from the last date you had close contact (being within six feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. It’s important for you to monitor your temperature and symptoms daily.
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.
Remember, if you begin to have symptoms, get tested immediately. If you 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, based on availability, a case manager from the health department or its partners may 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.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. Schedule yourself a test at one of these sites.
- If you develop any of these symptoms while you are in quarantine, schedule an appointment to get tested.
- dry cough
- muscle aches
- loss of smell or taste
- sore throat
- runny nose
- shortness of breath
- Remember, symptoms can be mild or severe. Even people who have no symptoms can have COVID and pass the virus to others.
- 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.
- 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.
- If available, 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.
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.