What to do if you're sick

If you do test positive for COVID-19, you will need to self-isolate. People who are in isolation should separate themselves from others living with them by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom if possible. They are required to stay home and away from others (unless to seek medical care) until they meet release guidelines.

When would I be instructed to isolate?

•    You have symptoms and test positive for COVID-19

•    You have no symptoms but test positive for COVID-19

What should I do if I am instructed to isolate?

•    Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately

•    Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible

•    Use a separate bathroom, if possible

•    Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets

•    Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils

•    Wear a cloth face covering when around other people, if able

When will I be released from isolation if I developed symptoms

•    No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications

•    Improvement in symptoms 


•    At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

When will I be released from isolation if I did not develop symptoms?

  • 10 days after the date you were first tested

Why am I being instructed to quarantine if I was released from isolation?

Even if an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is released from isolation, they will be instructed to self-quarantine anytime they come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual for at least 15 cumulative minutes. A close contact also includes someone who has physically come in contact with someone, regardless of the amount of time. More information is needed to know whether immune protection will be observed for patients with COVID-19.

Note: As of May 16, 2021, the CDC has updated its quarantine guidance for those who are fully vaccinated.

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, quarantine requirements will not apply to you if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • It has been at least two weeks since you received the final dose of your vaccine (second dose for two-dose vaccines, first and final dose for one-dose vaccines  
  • You remain asymptomatic

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