If you have been tested for COVID-19, please help us and your close contacts from spreading COVID-19
by doing the following:
1. Quarantine UNTIL you receive your test result. Quarantining keeps you from unknowingly spreading the virus to others and stops the chain.
2. If you are positive, isolate yourself from the rest of your household members as soon as possible for 10 days. Isolation from household members can prevent your family members from getting sick.
3. Let your close contacts know that you tested positive and ask them to quarantine for 10 days from their last exposure to you. There is no test out option.
Our contact tracers are working cases as quickly as they can but due to the large increase in cases, we are unable to investigate many cases at this time. Please see the following information for guidance on what to do if you have been identified as a positive case or case contact. If you have tested positive for COVID-19:
1. Stay home except to get medical care and call ahead before visiting your doctor. Do not leave your home
or visit public areas.
2. Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, use a separate bathroom.
3. Inform your close contacts that they may have been exposed. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (2 days) before they have symptoms or test positive.
4. Monitor your symptoms.
5. Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth and wash your hands often. Avoid sharing personal household items and clean high touch surfaces everyday.When is it safe to be around others:
After you've had COVID-19 you can be around others if:
It has been 10 days since symptom onset AND
24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medicines AND
Other symptoms are improving.
You can watch a CDC video for guidance on when you can be around others at this link.
What counts as close contact:
1. You were within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes
or more over a 24 hour period.
2. You provided care at home to someone
who has COVID-19.
3. You had direct physical contact with the person.
4. You shared eating or drinking utensils.
5. They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
If you have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19:
1. Stay home for 10 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
2. Watch for fever (100.4), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
3. If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick
For General Questions
Call DHSS COVID-19 HOTLINE NUMBER: 1-877-435-8411