Quarantine & Isolation
Quarantine is no longer regularly recommended by the CDC for most individuals after exposure to COVID-19. However, for at least 10 full days after exposure you should take extra precautions.
- Wear a high-quality mask (N95 or KN95) at all times when indoors including around others in your home and in public places.
- Monitor for symptoms and if symptomatic get tested immediately
- Get tested at least 5 full days after exposure even if you are not symptomatic
- Be extra cautions around others who are more likely to become very sick if infected
Isolation is utilized when an individual has symptoms or is confirmed to have COVID-19 via a PCR test.
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or are symptomatic, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate from others for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons).
- To end isolation after 5 days, you must test negative, have no fever, and have improving or no symptoms. This test does not have to be a PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are accepted. If an at-home rapid antigen test is used, a photo of the test result stick with the test box showing the serial number of the test kit must be submitted to email@example.com.
- If you test positive on day 5 you must isolate for another 5 days for a total of 10 days of isolation. You do not need to test on day 10 to end isolation.
- Wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days.
- Individuals who are confirmed to have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 need to isolate regardless of their vaccination status, including while awaiting test results.
- People with symptoms should isolate even if they do not know if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.