COVID 19 CDC Protocols

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.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days and quarantine after their last exposure to that person.

Stay home and monitor your health

  • 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.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
 
 
 

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