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Covid-19 Isolation & Precaution Information

Have you tested positive for Covid-19 and are wondering what to do?

You are not alone!

Below are CDC recommendations (per their website) for people who have tested positive for Covid-19:

When to Isolate:

Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. If your results are positive, follow the full isolation recommendations below. If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.

IF YOU TEST: Negative - You can end your isolation IF YOU TEST: Positive - Follow the full isolation recommendations below

When you have COVID-19, isolation is counted in days, as follows:

If you had no symptoms

  • Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result)

  • Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested

  • If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset

If you had symptoms

  • Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive

  • Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started


If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days.

  • Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.

  • Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask. For travel guidance, see CDC’s Travel webpage.

  • Do not travel.

  • Stay home and separate from others as much as possible.

  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.

  • Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.

  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.

  • Learn more about what to do if you have COVID-19.

Ending Isolation:

End isolation based on how serious your COVID-19 symptoms were. Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

If you had no symptoms You may end isolation after day 5.

If you had symptoms and: Your symptoms are improving You may end isolation after day 5 if:

  • You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).

Your symptoms are not improving Continue to isolate until: You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).

  • Your symptoms are improving. 1

If you had symptoms and had: Moderate illness (you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing) You need to isolate through day 10. Severe illness (you were hospitalized) or have a weakened immune system:

  • You need to isolate through day 10.

  • Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

  • Ending isolation without a viral test may not be an option for you.

If you are unsure if your symptoms are moderate or severe or if you have a weakened immune system, talk to a healthcare provider for further guidance.

This information and more can be accessed on the CDC website via the link below:

Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 | CDC

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