Quarantine

This information can change. Please double check resources and continue to monitor them for up to date information.

Exposure Quarantine:  

If you've been exposed to COVID-19 you will need to quarantine.  Exposure means that you have spent more than 15 minutes over a 24 hour period in close proximity (less than 6 feet away) with someone who likely has COVID. If you have been near someone with COVID-19 you should stay home and at least 6 feet away from everyone, including the people you live with, for 14 days, unless seeking medical care. 

A 14-day quarantine is the safest option to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. If you have not had any symptoms, you may consider ending quarantine early:  

  • After 10 days, without any testing, or 
  • After seven days, if they have had a negative result from an antigen or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that was administered less than 48 hours before they end quarantine. 

If you choose to shorten your quarantine period, there is a small chance you can still spread the disease to others post-quarantine so it is critical that you continue monitoring symptoms for 14 days.   

COVID with symptoms Quarantine:

If you have tested positive for COVID or have symptoms and believe you have COVID, please isolate, including staying away from other household members as much as possible, until the following conditions are met:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and,
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

COVID Quarantine for severely ill or immunocompromised individuals:

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. Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information and testing resources. Your healthcare provider will let you know if you can resume being around other people based on the results of your testing.

COVID Quarantine for asymptomatic individuals:

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms.”