General Isolation Guidelines

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you need to self-isolate to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Stay home

Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and can recover at home. To prevent spreading COVID-19 to others, it is important to STAY AT HOME and distance yourself from others. You may be asked to isolate in a different room to avoid close contact with others. You should NOT visit public areas or use public transportation. If you must be around other people, wear a mask. Avoid sharing personal household items and wash them thoroughly after use.

Monitor your symptoms and stay in touch with your doctor

Contact the medical clinic with worsening symptoms and with questions or concerns. Get rest and stay hydrated. The medical clinic may discuss the use of certain medications to help with your symptoms, such as Tylenol. If you experience trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, confusion or difficulty staying awake, or bluish lips or face, please seek medical care immediately.

Wash your hands often

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, going to the bathroom and before eating or preparing food. You may use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; make sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces every day

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.

When does isolation end?

If you have symptoms: At least one day (24 hours) has passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and there is improvement in respiratory symptoms (such as cough, shortness of breath) AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If you do not have symptoms but a COVID-19 positive test: At least 10 days have passed since the date of the positive COVID-19 test assuming you do not develop symptoms. If you develop symptoms, then the symptom-based strategy above should be used.