Exposure and Isolation

Exposure Guidance

What to do if you have had contact with someone with COVID-19

A close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of a person currently infected with the virus for at least 15 minutes total during a 24-hour period. If you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated, follow the instructions from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure everyone's safety:

  • Starting on the day you were exposed, wear a mask around others for 10 additional days.

  • Get tested 5 days after the day you were exposed. Continue wearing a mask for the full 10 days regardless of test result.

  • If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately, get tested, and stay home until you know the test result.



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Steps to take when exposed

Isolation Guidance

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19

You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19 or if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. Follow the instructions from the CDC to ensure everyone's safety and seek medical attention if your symptoms are severe:

  • Isolate at home for 5 days after the start of your symptoms or the date of positive test.
    • If you never had symptoms or your symptoms are better and you haven't had a fever in 24 hours without the use of medication, you may end isolation on day 6. 
    • If you still have a fever after 5 days of isolation, continue to isolate at home until your fever has been gone for 24 hours. 
  • After ending isolation on day 6, wear a mask around others for 5 more days.
    • If after day 6 you have negative results from two at-home tests taken 48 hours apart, you may be around others without a mask sooner than day 11.

Timeline after exposure.