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How to Quarantine

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19: follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for quarantine.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up to date up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others in your home.
  • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Take precautions until day 10. Watch for symptoms. If you develop symptoms isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations: You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
  • Quarantine for 7 days after exposure with a test. As long as no symptoms develop and you receive negative test results on or after day five of this quarantine period, return to normal activities (with all recommended precautions) and continue to self-monitor for symptoms for an additional seven days. Consult your physician to discuss the best testing option.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
  • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Take precautions until day 10. Watch for symptoms. If you develop symptoms isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

  • You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
  • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Take precautions until day 10. Watch for symptoms. If you develop symptoms isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

Use the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation Calculator tool to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.