Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

Recommendations for People with COVID-19

Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or have mild symptoms and are waiting for test results?


Here’s What to Do:

  • Isolate. Stay at home for at least 5 days. *
  • To keep others safe in your home, wear a mask, stay in a separate room, and use a separate bathroom if you can.
  • Do not travel for 10 days.
  • If you can’t wear a mask, stay home and away from other people for 10 days.
  • To calculate the recommended time frames, day 0 is the day you were tested if you don’t have symptoms, or the date your symptoms started.
  • Contact your healthcare provider to discuss your test results and available treatment options. Watch for symptoms, especially fever.


Day 6: Do a self-check. How are you feeling?

  • You could have loss of taste or smell for weeks or months after you feel better. These symptoms should not delay the end of isolation.
  • No symptoms or symptoms improving.
  • No fever without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours: You can leave isolation. Keep wearing a mask around other people at home and in public for 5 more days (days 6-10).
  • Symptoms not improving and/or still have fever: Continue to stay home until 24 hours after your fever stops without using fever-reducing medication and your symptoms have improved.
  • After you feel completely better, keep wearing a mask around other people at home and in public through day 10.



 Recommendations for COVID-19 Close Contacts

Have you been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19? You were a close contact if you were less than 6 feet away from someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period


Here’s What to Do:

  • Protect Others
  • Take these steps to keep others safe.

Quarantine if you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines or didn’t have COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days. If you are up to date or had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you do not have to quarantine.

  • Avoid travel through day 10.
  • Wear a mask around other people for 10 days.
  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days.
  • Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

Get Tested

Get a COVID-19 test on or after day 5 or if you have symptoms.

People who had COVID-19 in the past 90 days should only get tested if they develop symptoms.

You tested negative. You can leave your home; however, keep wearing a mask in public and when traveling through day 10.

You tested positive or have symptoms:

  • Isolate away from other people. Stay home for at least 5 days and follow steps for isolation.
  • Do not travel for 10 days.

If you are unable to get tested, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have not had symptoms. Keep wearing a mask in public and avoid travel through day 10.

Please refer to COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation for guidance on quarantine in healthcare settings and high-risk congregate settings (such as correctional and detention facilities, homeless shelters, or cruise ships)