Isolation vs. Quarantine

If you have been exposed to COVID you are required to quarantine until you receive a test. This applies to both the vaccinated and unvaccinatedThe test should be 3 days after the exposure. If you are positive, you will then isolate for ten (10) days, or the cessation of your symptoms. If you have no symptoms, complete the ten (10) day isolation. If you have symptoms, your isolation is ten (10) days plus however long your symptoms persist.  To repeat:

  • If you are exposed (a total of 15 minutes over 24 hours) you should quarantine until you take a test. The test should be three (3) days after exposure.
  • If your test is positive, you must isolate for at least ten days, starting from the test date.
  • If you have no symptoms, you are free to leave isolation on the 10th day.
  • If you have symptoms, your quarantine lasts until your symptoms end, or a minimum of 10 days.
  • Your vaccination status does not matter for isolation or quarantine as of the most recent revisions to the policy

Separate yourself from others in case you get sick and take these measures:

  • Stay at home and use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible.
  • Do your best to stay at least 6 feet away from other people in the house.
  • Do not leave your house to go to school, work or run errands.
  • Do not have any visitors to your house during this time.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not share eating or drinking utensils with anybody.
  • Monitor your health every day.
  • If you need to seek routine medical care call ahead to your doctor and tell them you are under COVID-19 quarantine.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares to get to your appointment.

 Monitor your health every day:

  • Do health checks every morning and every night or anytime you feel like you might have a fever
  • Take your temperature 
  • Be alert for any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath. 
  • If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Tell them your symptoms and that you are being monitored for COVID-19.

When isolating, the most important is that you separate yourself from others to keep your germs from spreading


For more information on Quarantine and Isolation, visit CDC.gov.