What to do if you test positive?

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Isolate at Home

Stay home and stay away from others, including the people in your own household.

  • If you’re sick, isolate for 5 days from when you started feeling sick AND make sure your fever is gone for 24 hours, without the help of medicine, before being around others.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, isolate for 5 days from the day you were tested.
  • If you are sick, take care of yourself, and keep in touch with your clinic or medical provider if your symptoms get worse.

You can be around others again after 5 days, if you feel better. You should wear a mask for an additional 5 days when you are around others.

Opt-in to Self Report an At-Home Test

We are asking you to help us collect important data through an online survey, to help us better understand COVID-19 in our communities. You can access the survey at: https://govstatus.egov.com/ or-oha-covid-19-positive-test. Or call 866-917-8881 (toll free) if you need assistance.

Call the OHA COVID-19 Hotline toll-free at 866-917-8881 if:
ƒ You want more health information
ƒ You have questions about isolation or quarantine
ƒ You have questions about telling you close contacts they may have been exposed to COVID-19
ƒ You need to isolate and are worried about the ability to do that

Tell your close contacts yourself.

  • If you had or have symptoms: Contact the people you were in close contact with beginning 2 days
    before your symptoms began.
  • If you did not or do not have symptoms: Contact the people you were in close contact with beginning 2 days before you took your COVID-19 test.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, close contacts should watch for symptoms.
    • They can talk to their doctors about getting a test, call 2-1-1 if they don’t have a doctor, or get tested at a community test site. It’s best if they wait 5 days from when they were around you before taking a test. The test may not work if they get tested too soon. If they test positive, they should tell anyone they’ve been in close contact with.
    • They should also talk with their doctor about whether they may be at risk for severe disease, and whether they may be a candidate for treatment.

Need help telling people?

Here’s an example of what to say to your close contacts:
After we spent time together recently, I was tested for COVID-19 and tested positive. Because we had close contact, public health recommends that you watch for symptoms for 10 days after we last saw each other and take any other safety measures you want. You can talk to your doctor about getting a test, call 2-1-1 if you don’t have a doctor, or get tested at a community test site. It’s best if you wait 5 days from when we were last together before getting tested. The test may not work if you get tested too soon.
You can also look on the COVID-19 website (https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-positive-test) for more information.
I know this may be hard news to hear, so if you want to talk, give me a call.”