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COVID-19 - What to Do When Infected or Exposed to COVID-19

What do you do when you, your family or a loved one is infected or exposed to COVID-19. It can be intimidating, confusing and stressful to seek out helpful information. This page includes simple, easy to understand information that can help you become better-informed and equipped navigate some of these challenging circumstances.

 

It’s on us to stop the spread.

 

With hundreds of new positive cases daily, it is becoming difficult for health departments across the state to keep up with contact tracing.

If you feel sick or have been tested and have yet to receive your results, don’t wait to be told what to do:

  1. Stay home and isolate yourself from other members of your household as best as you can. Sanitize commonly touched surfaces (door knobs, bathroom surface, etc.) 
  2. If you think you are sick and may have infected others, let them know.

 

 I feel sick. What now?

 

If you feel sick, you should only leave your house to seek medical care.

You should also:

  1. Self-isolate. If you live with other people, separate yourself. Stay in a separate room and disinfect commonly touched surfaces. 
  2. Get tested for COVID-19. If you are positive, isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms. You can leave isolation after that period AND when you’ve been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication, AND other symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, have improved.
  3. Monitor your symptoms. If your condition worsens, contact your health care provider immediately.

 

I tested positive for COVID-19. What now?

 
  • Self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms, or, if you had no symptoms, 10 days from your test.
  • Pick up the phone and call or text everyone who could be considered a close contact.
  • You can leave isolation after 10 days AND when you have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication, AND other symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, have improved.

Close contact: Nearby for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period within 48 hours of a person getting sick or being tested and extending through that person’s self-isolation period.


 

A guide to quarantine and self-isolation

 

Protect your loved ones and community from COVID-19 by following these simple steps.

If you are positive for COVID-19

  • Self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms.
  • If you had no symptoms, isolate for 10 days from your test.
  • You can leave isolation after that period AND once you’ve been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication, AND other symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, have improved.

If you have symptoms, but have not been tested

  • Self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms.
  • You can leave isolation after that period AND once you’ve been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication, AND other symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, have improved.

If you are a close contact of a positive case

  • If you are a close contact, a 14-day quarantine period is recommended, starting on the date of your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Make sure to monitor for symptoms daily during quarantine.
  • Although a 14-day quarantine is recommended, close contacts may choose a 10-day quarantine period. Those who choose the 10-day quarantine period must:
    • Continue daily symptom checks for the entire 14 days – with no symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during that period;
    • Continue all mitigation strategies – masking, social distancing, and hand washing; and
    • Agree to cooperate with contact tracing efforts by public health officials.

Contact a health care provider if you start to feel sick and if you test positive, you must follow the isolation guidance for positive cases


 

COVID-19 Close Contact 101

 

Do you know someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

You are a Close Contact if:

  • You were within 6 feet of them for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • Your contact was in the 48-hour period prior to their symptoms starting, and extending through their self-isolation period. 
  • OR, for individuals that are positive but without symptoms, your contact was in the 48-hour period before their COVID-19 test and extending through their self-isolation period.

If you are a close contact, a 14-day quarantine period is recommended, starting on the date of your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Make sure to monitor for symptoms daily during quarantine.

Although a 14-day quarantine is recommended, close contacts may choose a 10-day quarantine period. Those who choose the 10-day quarantine period must:

  • Continue daily symptom checks for the entire 14 days – with no symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during that period;
  • Continue all mitigation strategies – masking, social distancing, and hand washing; and
  • Agree to cooperate with contact tracing efforts by public health officials.

It may be inconvenient, but it can keep your loved ones safe


 

Steps to prevent community transmission of COVID-19

 

Now more than ever, we must prevent community transmission

  • Stay home if you are sick
  •  Wash your hands often – for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean frequently touched objects
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and/or mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes

 

When COVID Comes Home: How to keep the rest of your household safe


 

Not feeling well? Know the symptoms for COVID-19 and stay home!

 

Whatever you are going out for, it is not worth it. Protect your family, friends and community.

 Stay home if you have:

  • A cough
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle pain

Other symptoms include: Fever, runny nose, diarrhea, feeling nauseous or vomiting, feeling tired, headache and poor appetite.


 

COVID-19: Quarantine vs. Self-Isolation