DC Guidelines for those who have tested positive for COVID-19
For those who have tested positive for COVID-19, and had symptoms
You can be around others after:
10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if you're healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.
For those who have tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if you're healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.
CDC Guidelines for those who came in close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
CDC Guidelines for Options to reduce quarantine time
Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine.
If there are NO Symptoms you may reduced the quarantine time
After day 10 without testing OR
After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
After stopping quarantine, you should
Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.