Symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear after someone is exposed to a person with COVID-19. During this time, the exposed person (or contact) may spread the disease, even if they do not have any symptoms and feel well. For this reason, contacts are required to restrict their activities with other people (quarantine) for 14 days beyond their last date of exposure, in case they also become ill. This means they cannot leave their homes (or other locations), even to go to work, the grocery store, pharmacy, or for other daily tasks. This is a legally mandated requirement of the County Health Officer.*
Contacts also are asked to check and report their symptoms daily, including taking their temperature and reporting any cough, shortness of breath, tiredness, or other common symptoms of COVID-19. Sonoma County recommends COVID-19 testing for all contacts with symptoms as soon as possible. Contacts who do not have symptoms are tested at Day 12 after their last exposure to make sure they are not carrying the virus before they are released from quarantine. Additional information about quarantine may be found:
- Sonoma County Health Emergency Quarantine Order
- Home Quarantine Instructions
- Quarantine Isolation Flyer
*Quarantine and Isolation are health orders that must be followed to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the public’s health.