- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
- At least 24 hours with no fever, without the use of fever reducing medications (for example, Tylenol or ibuprofen)
- Other symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) of COVID-19 are improving
- 10 days have passed since your positive test.
- If during the 10 days you develop symptoms, use the instructions above to know when to end your isolation.
You can be around others after:
- 10 days since your symptoms first appeared AND
- 24 hours with no fever AND
- Your COVID-19 symptoms have improved.
I tested positive for COVID-19, but I've never had any symptoms. When can I leave isolation?
- Stay at home and stay away from others until 10 days have passed since your positive test.
- On day 11 you can leave isolation.
If I do not have any symptoms, do I need to complete isolation?
Yes! Some people who test positive for COVID-19 never develop any symptoms, but it is still possible to spread the virus to others. Stay at home and stay away from others until 10 days have passed since your positive test.
I’m fully vaccinated, do I need to complete isolation?
Yes! Vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing COVID-19. There will be a small percentage of fully vaccinated people who either develop symptoms due to COVID-19 or test positive but never have symptoms.Please remember:
- You do not need a negative test to leave isolation or return to work.
- A small number of people should isolate for 20 days when told to do so by their doctor.
Option 1: You should stay home for 10 days following exposure if you are not getting a COVID test.
Option 2: You should stay home for 7 days and can release on day 8 if you have a negative COVID test (test must occur on day 5 or later). If your result is positive, or you develop any symptoms of COVID, you must immediately isolate and contact your healthcare provider or the public health department for isolation guidance.
- It has been at least 2 weeks since your final vaccine dose—final vaccine dose means the 2nd dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer, Moderna, or a WHO-authorized vaccine like Covishield or AstraZeneca), or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).
- Have no symptoms of COVID-19 since the last close contact
Even without symptoms, vaccinated people are encouraged to test 3-5 days after their exposure to a COVID-19 case. If your result is positive, or you develop any symptoms of COVID, you must immediately isolate and contact your healthcare provider or the public health department for isolation guidance.
Guidance for Quarantining if You are Unable to Avoid a COVID-Positive Person in Your Household (ACPHD): English | Spanish | Arabic |Chinese (Simplified) | Chinese (Traditional) | Khmer | Korean | Tagalog | Vietnamese
How to create a quarantine space while living in tight quarters (ACPHD)
- Have you or someone you know tested positive for COVID-19? Please download and read instructions for home isolation and quarantine. You will be contacted by a member of the contact tracing team.
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- When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 (CDC)
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- A Negative COVID-19 Test Result is NOT Required to Return to Work (Letter to Employers Regarding Clearance Testing) English | Arabic | Chinese (Simplified) | Chinese (Traditional) | Khmer | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese (ACPHD, 8/12/2020)