Sick, Exposed or Test Positive for COVID-19

Quarantine and Isolation Calculator

I Tested Positive for COVID-19 (With Either a PCR, Antigen or at Home Test)

Regardless of vaccine status: Isolate at home for at least 5 days and wear a mask when around others for an additional 5 days

  • Stay isolated at  home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home as much as possible.
    • Stay home and avoid others until you are fever free  (without fever-reducing medicine), your symptoms are resolving, and it has been at least 5 days since the first day you had symptoms. Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If you have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and avoid others until 5 days have passed since the day of your COVID-19 test. Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call before visiting your doctor. If you have an appointment, be sure you tell them you have or may have COVID-19.
  • Avoid using public transportation, taxis, or ride-share.
  • Tell your employer, school, or child care center about your diagnosis
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. Notify dispatch that you have or may have COVID-19.
  • You don’t need to get tested again if you’ve recently had a positive test, your test is likely to be positive for many weeks after you recover. You don’t need a negative test to stop isolating.

Notify your close contacts

  • People in your household, and others you had close contact with need to be informed.  (See section below for more details)

Take steps to limit the spread of COVID in your household

  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a mask if you have to be around other people in your household
  • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes and glasses, or bedding
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you can't wash your hands, use an alohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Clean all "high touch" surfaces every day, such as counters, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, and keyboards

I was exposed to someone with COVID-19 (I am a close contact)

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...
    • Have been boosted, OR
    • Completed your primary of Pfizer or Modera within the last 5 months, OR
    • Completed primary of J&J within the last 2 months 
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days 
    • Test on day 5, if possible 

    IF YOU...
    • Have NOT been boosted 5 months after Pfizer or Moderna, OR
    • Have not been boosted 2 months after J&J, OR
    • Are unvaccinated 
    • Stay home for 5 days. After, continue to wear a mask for 5 additional days.
    • If you can't quarantine, wear a mask for 10 days
    • Test on day 5, if possible