Sick or Exposed to COVID-19


NOTE: Please contact your place of employment or school for their current guidelines.


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If you tested positive for COVID-19, you may receive a letter, text or call from the Winnebago County Health Department. Guidance for anyone with COVID-19 can be found in this letter from our health department and in the information below. If you have questions, please contact our COVID-19 Hotline at 920-232-3026.

There are many possible symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Click above for more information on what to do if you were exposed to COVID-19, are feeling sick, or were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Isolation vs. Quarantine:

What is a close contact:

An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting two days before they have symptoms or two days before testing if they do not have symptoms. For this reason, "close contacts" include anyone in contact with a person with COVID-19 during the two days prior to symptoms or testing, until they meet the criteria to end isolation.

Close contact includes:

  • Living with or caring for a person with confirmed COVID-19, OR
  • Being within six feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for about 15 minutes (with or without a mask), OR
  • Someone with COVID-19 coughing on you, kissing you, sharing utensils with you or you had direct contact with their body secretions.
  • If you and/or the person with COVID-19 was wearing a face mask or covering during any of the above situations, you are still considered a close contact.
  • Read more about close contacts here.


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