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COVID-19

If You Are Sick or Have Been Exposed

I HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, STAY HOME AND ISOLATE to avoid spreading illness to others. Follow Isolation Guidelines commonly provided from the testing location OR find information for CDC Isolation Guidelines here: COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

Notify Close contacts: How To Talk To Your Close Contacts | CDC


I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 BUT I DO NOT KNOW IF I SHOULD TEST OR HOW TO FIND A TEST.

There are many possible symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, abnormal tiredness/fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and digestive symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. These same symptoms can also be symptoms of other viruses. Everyone with symptoms should seek out testing.

  • If you have these symptoms, you should be tested. Call your health care provider to request testing, call a local pharmacy, or get tested at a community testing site.
  • Stay home and isolate away from others while you wait for your test results. Do not go to work, school or daycare. Stay away from household members as much as possible.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call your health care provider if symptoms worsen.
  • For more information on where to find testing options, see testing information.

 

I AM A CLOSE CONTACT TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 BUT I AM NOT SICK. DO I NEED TO STAY HOME?

Definition of Close Contact: Close contacts were around someone who is positive for COVID-19 (less than 6 feet away for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) during the two-day period before the positive person first had symptoms OR if they did not have symptoms, two days before they were tested for COVID-19, through to the time they started isolation.

Quarantine guidance is dependent on vaccination status and previous positive results. After exposure to COVID-19, everyone should practice social distancing and proper use of a well-fitted mask when around others. Avoid being around people who are immunocompromised.

For up-to-date information on quarantine guidelines, visit COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

 

I AM A CLOSE CONTACT TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 AND NOW I’M NOT FEELING WELL. DO I NEED TO STAY HOME?

Yes, you should stay home. If you are a close contact and begin to have symptoms, isolate and test.

A positive test result may not occur until a few days after symptoms start. If your test is negative, stay home until your quarantine period ends and until you no longer have symptoms.

If you previously had COVID-19, you should stay home until symptoms resolve.

 

I LIVE WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS COVID-19. WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID COVID-19?

The person with COVID-19 should use a separate space (bedroom, bathroom). Food and other necessities should be left in an area for them to retrieve it without others present. All individuals within the household should wear a mask if possible when around others.

Other measures include getting vaccinated, increase ventilation, wash your hands often, clean and disinfect high touch areas regularly.

For more information, visit How to Protect Yourself & Others | CDC

If you cannot avoid contact with the positive COVID-19 person, your quarantine dates will be extended. Your quarantine period includes their isolation period. Quarantine Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact OR their first day out of isolation.


I AM A HEALTH CARE WORKER AND IN ISOLATION/QUARANTINE FOR COVID-19. IS GUIDANCE DIFFERENT FOR ME?

If you are a health care worker, follow Healthcare Workers Information on COVID-19/CDC.

 

I AM POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND MY EMPLOYER IS REQUESTING A LETTER IN ORDER FOR ME TO ISOLATE/RETURN TO WORK. HOW DO I PROVIDE A LETTER?

Our department recommends against requiring employees to have a release letter to return to work, as this is an unnecessary burden during an emergency response for a communicable disease. You can generate your own letter to return to work here. Please call the healthcare provider who administered your test for confirmation of your test results.