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When to start and end quarantine guide

 
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The following explains various scenarios when a person’s quarantine period begins and ends after close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This document is not intended to explain isolation, which occurs when an individual has tested positive for COVID-19.

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Exposure or close contact includes the following:
  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
  • You shared eating utensils or drinking vessels.
  • The infected person sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Scenario 1: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 – You will not have any further close contact with the infected person.

 

Example:  I have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19; and will not have further contact or interaction with them while they are sick.

Example: I am quarantined because of close contact. Can my family members or those I live with leave the home?

  • Yes. Since those you live with were not in close contact with someone that has tested positive, they would not be required to quarantine.
 
The 14-day quarantine period begins at the last close contact with the person who tested positive.

Quarantine guide - calendar 1


Scenario 2: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 – live with the person and can avoid further close contact.

 

Example: I live with someone who has COVID-19 (family member, spouse, child, roommate, etc.) and that person can be isolated by staying in a separate bedroom. I have not had and will not have further close contact with the person since they isolated.

Example: I have tested positive for COVID-19. Can my family members or those I live with leave the home?

  • No. They will be expected to quarantine following the guideline in this scenario or those under scenario 3 or 4 as applicable.
 
The 14-day quarantine period begins at the last close contact with the person who tested positive.

Quarantine guide - calendar 2


Scenario 3: I am under quarantine and have had additional close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

 

Example: I have a household member who has just been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have already started my quarantine from a previous COVID-19 contact. I have had to care for my household member several days after my quarantine started.
 

The 14-day quarantine period will begin again at the last contact with the positive person. Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine.

Quarantine guide - calendar 3


Scenario 4: I live with someone who has COVID-19 and I cannot avoid continued close contact.

 

Example: My child or spouse tests positive for COVID-19 and I need to provide direct care for that person.

Example: Someone in my home tests positive for COVID-19 and we do not have a separate bedroom to isolate in while that person is sick, or we live in close quarters where I am unable to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
 

The 14-day quarantine begins after the person who tests positive meets the criteria to end home isolation (at least 10 days from symptom start; 24 hours fever free and symptoms improving).

Quarantine guide - calendar 4


Scenario 5: I have had contact with someone who had contact with someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Example: I found out my child’s teacher has a household member with COVID-19. Does my child need to be tested or quarantined?

  • The teacher will fall under the quarantine guidelines outlined above based on close contact. Your child will not need to be tested or quarantined since they did not have close contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 
A negative test result during a quarantine period does not end the quarantine period early. Quarantine periods cannot be adjusted based on a negative test result.

Reference: CDC When to Quarantine
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