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After Exposure to COVID-19

If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, follow the guidelines below from the CDC based on your vaccination status.

For Individuals Not Up To Date on Vaccines

For Individuals Up To Date on Vaccines

Quarantine Guidance for Individuals Not Up to Date on Vaccines

The following recommendations apply to:

  • Persons of all ages who are unvaccinated
  • Children 5-11 years old who have not completed the primary series of Pfizer
  • Persons 5 years and older who completed the primary series of Pfizer over 5 months ago and are not boosted
  • Adults 18 years and older who completed the primary series of Moderna over 5 months ago and are not boosted
  • Adults 18 years and older who completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted

If any of the above is true, you should quarantine to prevent others from getting infected.

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What does quarantine mean?

  • You must stay home except to get medical care.
  • You may not go to work or school outside the home.
  • You should stay in a separate room from other household members and use a separate bathroom.
  • If you have to be in a room with others, wear a well-fitting mask that covers your mouth AND nose.

How long will quarantine last?

  • 5 days starting from the last date of the exposure. Your last date of exposure is Day 0.

For assistance with determining the length of your quarantine, use the CDC’s COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Calculator.

What happens after day 5 of quarantine?

  • If you have no symptoms:
    • You can discontinue quarantine.
    • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask while around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days.
    • You should continue to monitor your symptoms for an additional 5 days.
    • You should get tested, if possible; if you test positive you should begin isolation.
  • If you developed symptoms:
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What does monitoring for symptoms mean?

  • Watch for fever, which means feeling feverish or having a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher.
  • If you take fever-reducing medication such as ibuprofen, wait 6 hours after taking your last dose before taking your temperature.

What do I do if I develop symptoms?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Also, you should:

What do I do if I can’t consistently mask while around others?

If you are unable to consistently mask around others, you should quarantine for the full 10 days.

Quarantine Guidance for Individuals Up to Date on Vaccines

The following recommendations apply to:

  • Children 5-11 years old who have completed the primary series of Pfizer
  • Persons 12 years and older who have been boosted
  • Persons 5 years and older who have completed the primary series of Pfizer within the last 5 months and have been boosted
  • Adults age 18 and older who completed the primary series of Moderna within the last 5 months
  • Adults 18 years and older who completed the primary series of J&J within the last 2 months
  • Persons with confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days

If any of the above are true AND you have no symptoms, you do not need to quarantine after an exposure, but should follow the below guidance.

If you are experiencing symptoms you must quarantine.

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What should I do after an exposure?

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 10 days after the exposure.
  • Test on Day 5, if possible; if you test positive you should begin isolation.
    • Day 0 is your last day of exposure.
  • Monitor for symptoms for 10 days after the exposure.

What does monitoring for symptoms mean?

  • Watch for fever, which means feeling feverish or having a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher.
  • If you take fever-reducing medication such as ibuprofen, wait 6 hours after taking your last dose before taking your temperature.
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What do I do if I develop symptoms?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, you should:

Additional Resources for Isolation & Quarantine

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive free and potentially life-saving treatments. The key to effective treatment in most cases is to test early and begin treatment as soon as possible after any symptoms begin.