If you recently received a positive test result for COVID 19, you should isolate at home for at least 10 days to reduce spread of disease. If you are awaiting your test results, you should also isolate at home while your results are pending.
What is isolation?
Isolation separates people with a contagious disease from others so that the disease is not spread. Those who have tested positive for a disease, whether experiencing symptoms or not, should isolate themselves to prevent the spread to others. Those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been tested should isolate until they are tested negative or meet the criteria below.
Generally, the isolation period for COVID-19 continues until each of these conditions is met:
- Your symptoms are better - AND –
- At least 10 days have passed since your illness onset – AND –
- You have had no fever for at least 24 hours and have not used fever-reducing medication during that time.
If you had no symptoms but tested positive, you must isolate until 10 days have passed since your test specimen was collected.
People should talk with their doctor about how long they should plan to isolate. In certain situations, a longer period may be necessary.
People who have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to quarantine. Quarantine is similar to isolating in that it is separating themselves from others in order to break the cycle of spreading disease. The amount of time that those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or exposed to those who have tested positive for COVID-19 are to quarantine varies. Information regarding length of time someone should quarantine can be found here.
More information on types of COVID-19 testing and what the results mean are available here.