Even people without symptoms can have COVID-19 and give it to others. It’s important to get tested to help protect the people who you live, work, and interact with so they don’t get the virus. For adults over 65 and people with certain health conditions, being exposed to COVID-19 could be deadly. Testing is one of the best ways to protect our community and our loved ones from getting sick or dying from COVID-19.
We recommend leaving your children at home in the care of another adult. If you have no other option, you are welcome to bring your child.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, you may discontinue isolation if the following conditions are met:
- the most recent 24 hrs have passed without fever (without the use of fever-reducing meds) AND
- improvement in respiratory symptoms (like cough, shortness of breath) AND
- at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared (CDC updated this guidance to 10 days to reflect a longer duration of viral shedding.)
If you have no symptoms but are COVID-19 positive, you may discontinue isolation once 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive test, if you remain symptom-free. Afterward, you should continue to stay 6 feet away from others and wear a face mask as directed by the current Public Health Order.
Please read Marin County’s At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety guidance document for important information and practical tips.
Anyone who is in close contact or thinks they have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should get tested as soon as possible.
For those who will be sharing the same household and are able to quarantine at home, the Public Health staff will give advice on how to stay safe and how long to stay home.
Once someone is recovered, if the rest of the household contacts are negative, it is safe for the person to return home and/or resume normal household activities.
No – that would be discrimination.
It is permissible for an employer to require employees be tested for COVID and share their results with the employer, as long as the test is “job-related and consistent with business necessity.”
It is important that employees be virus-free when they come to work. Requiring testing and requiring employees to share the results is permissible. The employer must keep the employee medical information confidential and must maintain it separately from the employee’s personnel file.