(Click here to download a copy of the COVID Update.)
What to do if you’ve had Exposure to COVID-19:
Quarantine for 14 days
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk
for getting very sick from COVID-19.
FULLY Vaccinated People:
Do NOT need to quarantine, unless they develop symptoms
- Should be tested for COVID 3-5 days after the date of exposure
- Should wear a mask in public for 14 days after the date of exposure
When can someone who has been exposed return to work:
- After a 14 day quarantine OR
- After 10 days of quarantine without symptoms and no COVID test is required OR
- After 7 days of quarantine and the person must have a negative COVID test anytime
after day 5
What to do if you get infected with COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19:
Isolate yourself at home until it is safe to be with others.
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning signs, seek emergency medical care immediately, including:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
- 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 mask when around other people if able.
Someone who has had COVID with Symptoms may discontinue isolation:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
NOTE: Severe cases (hospitalization, ventilation) may need to isolate 20 days.
Someone who has had COVID without Symptoms may discontinue isolation:
- 10 days since you first tested positive for COVID
|Remember to check your State’s requirements at www.multistate.us|
Exposure: If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Close Contact: If you’ve been within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes
or more over a 24-hour period.
Quarantine: Restriction of a person’s movement.
Isolation: Separation from other people.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2021, September 18). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/
This GAWDA COVID-19 Update is issued by GAWDA Consultant Marilyn Dempsey.
Please contact Marilyn for further information.