• July 22, 2020 9:58 AM

If I had COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, when may I end my isolation period?

If I had COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, when may I end my isolation period?

If I had COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, when may I end my isolation period? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

When may I end my isolation period?

Ending your isolation period depends on specific factors for different situations. Here are the CDC’s recommendations for the following questions and scenarios:

Do I have to get tested?

Your healthcare provider may recommend a test. They will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

The CDC does not recommend using a test-based strategy for returning to work. Ten days after the symptoms and fever resolve, some people with confirmed COVID-19 will continue to have positive viral tests for several weeks, even though they are otherwise healthy and no longer contagious. This is because you can still have non-contagious dead viruses and viral debris in your system. A symptom-based screening strategy is sufficient to identify when an individual may return to work.

Have you been tested for COVID-19?

Yes. I tested positive for COVID-19 but never developed any symptoms.

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can end your isolation 10 days after your positive viral test for COVID-19.

Yes. I tested positive for COVID-19 and I had symptoms.

You can end your isolation only after you meet these three criteria:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared, AND
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chills, etc.) have improved.

No. I had COVID-19 symptoms but was not tested.

You can end your isolation only after you meet these three criteria:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared, AND
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chills, etc.) have improved.

No, but I have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19

Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.

No, but I have recently been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19. However, I had COVID-19 in the past 3 months and have recovered.

If you remain without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath, etc.), you do not need to isolate.

What if I was severely ill or have a weakened immune system?

I was severely ill with COVID-19.

People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if they recommend a test. Your healthcare provider will let you know if you can resume being around other people based on the results of your testing.

I was ill with COVID-19 and have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication.

Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others. They might need to stay home longer than 10 days, and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if they recommend a test. Your healthcare provider will let you know if you can resume being around other people based on the results of your testing.

See CDC website for additional details.