Quarantine Guidance

This guidance only applies to CLOSE CONTACTS (people who have not been confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, but who have had a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive person). It does not apply to people confirmed to be COVID-19 positive themselves.  

A 14-day quarantine remains the safest option and is still recommended. If a 14-day quarantine is not possible, people who DO NOT develop symptoms may now elect to end their quarantine before 14 days with continued symptom monitoring and:

  • After a full 10 days of quarantine if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. In this scenario, you would be released from quarantine on day 11 after your last known exposure to a positive case. No testing is required.
  • After a full 7 days of quarantine, with a negative test result that was collected within 48 hours of the end of quarantine. In this scenario, you would be tested on day 6 or later after your last known exposure to a positive case, and you would be released from quarantine on day 8 as long as your test result comes back negative. If you do not receive your test results by Day 7, you need to continue to quarantine until you receive a negative test result. 
  • Symptom monitoring for a full 14 days from exposure to a positive or probable case is still required with either of these options. Click here for a chart you can use to log your daily symptoms.
  • If you develop symptoms at any time during the 14-day period after exposure, immediately isolate yourself from other members of your house, contact your doctor and get tested.
  • Shortened quarantine duration may not be appropriate in all settings, such as high-risk, congregate settings.

What is the guidance on quarantine and testing after people receive the vaccine? 

The CDC recommends people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have have been fully vaccinated within the last three months and show no symptoms. 


How long do I need to quarantine? Our staff takes you through the options in this short, informational video.


Sample Quarantine Calendar:

Quarantine Calendar

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Flyer to Download or Print:

Quarantine Options Flyer Page 1Quarantine Options Flyer Page 2

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Monitor symptoms for 14 days after your last exposure with this chart:
Symptom Monitoring Chart

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