What is Self-Quarantine?

Quarantine is used for people who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, but who are not currently sick. The measures listed below are taken because they might become ill. Persons exposed usually begin to show within 2 to 14 days.

What does quarantine mean?

For the 14 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19:

  • Stay home. This means do not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings, such as parties, weddings, meetings, and sporting events. If they need medical care, call their health care provider. Call ahead before going to the doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them symptoms and that they have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive family member/friend.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Do not go out to restaurants or have guests over to your house.
  • Postpone any travel.
  • Wash hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • As long as the quarantined person feels well, they may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
  • Postpone all nonessential medical appointments (for example, dental cleaning, eye exam, routine check-up) until they are out of quarantine. If they have an essential appointment during the quarantine, please call the provider ahead of time.
  • Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.

They can be released from the quarantine 14 days after the last time they were in close contact or shared an indoor living environment with you. Day 1 of the quarantine for someone living with you will be the day after you are free of fever, productive cough and other acute symptoms of respiratory infection. This does not apply to a family member who works in healthcare, they are to reach out to their employer to give them directions.

If your family member or close contact develops any new onset respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat) they need to reach out to their healthcare provider immediately.