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Do I Still Need to Isolate and Quarantine?
Updated as of June 1, 2021
While vaccines for COVID-19 are now available and masking is not required for vaccinated persons, isolating and quarantining are still important if you test positive for COVID-19 because even if you do not have symptoms or only have mild symptoms, you can pass on the coronavirus to loved ones who are less healthy and they could get sick with COVID-19.
Avoid infecting your loved ones and others in the community. Protect them by preventing them from getting sick.
Isolation means no or very little contact with anyone in your household.
- If you do test positive, isolate the minimum of 10 days. You must have no fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine.
Quarantining means no or very little contact with anyone outside your household.
- If you are unvaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, quarantine the minimum of 10 days and longer if living with the person who tested positive.
- Close contact can mean being 6 feet or nearer for 15 minutes or longer, hugging or kissing and sharing eating utensils.
If exposed to someone who has tested positive, you may not have to quarantine if you have no symptoms since being exposed and if you:
- are fully vaccinated; at least 2 weeks since second or only dose
- had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 3 months; at most, 90 days since symptoms began (or at most, 90 days since test date if no symptoms)
- have a positive antibody test and do not work in healthcare or have no contact with older adults or less healthy people; had known exposure in the past and have a positive antibody test 3 months before the new exposure OR receive a positive antibody test within 7 days after the exposure
Public health relies on all our efforts to prevent the spread of disease and to protect each other. Wash hands frequently.
If you are unvaccinated, get tested for COVID-19 when you feel any of the symptoms: fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue or tiredness, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
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