COVID Testing and Public Health Guidance

Updated February 11, 2021

The following is guidance on what to do if you have tested positive for COVID-19, come into contact with someone else who has tested positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19 for:  

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

See the footnote for explanations of the terms: close contact1, self-isolate2, self-quarantine3

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1Close contact: having been within approximately six feet of a COVID‐19 case for 15 minutes or more cumulatively over a 24 hour period; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health-care waiting area or room with a COVID‐19 case; or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID‐19 case (e.g., being coughed on). Close contacts are identified by the local Health Department and/or your healthcare provider. 
2Self-isolate:  Avoid contact with others, including those in your home. Do not leave your room/home, except to get medical care. Do not leave your room/home to submit another test unless told to do so by your health care provider. Do not go to work, class, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. 
3Self-quarantine:  Limit time outside your home, except to get medical care. If you go out, keep your distance from others, wear a face covering, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Practice good hygiene behaviors. Do not go to work, class, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. If you are taking part in the Asymptomatic Testing Program, you do not need to submit samples while you are on quarantine.