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COVID-19 Status Update for 01/27/2022

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Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19

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Help Slow The Spread.

COVID-19 can easily spread between people who are in close contact with one another.  To help slow COVID’s spread, protect vulnerable individuals, and prevent the healthcare system in the County of Marin from being overwhelmed, it is necessary for people who have been infected to isolate, and people who have been exposed to a person who has an active COVID infection will need to quarantine.

Jump to a section:

  • ISOLATION: when YOU test positive.
  • QUARANTINE: when you are in close contact with SOMEONE ELSE who tested positive.

Quick Start Guide

Overview of Isolation and Quarantine guidance
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light overview of isolation and quarantine guidance. For full guidance, visit https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/isolation-and-quarantine


ISOLATION

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must isolate. This includes positive results from an at-home test or a test from a laboratory.

Isolation separates sick people and those who have tested positive with COVID-19 from people who are not sick. This means you should have no contact with anyone who might become infected with the COVID-19 virus. Isolation is necessary to protect you and those around you, including family, co-workers, and neighbors.

This applies to everyone, regardless of symptoms, vaccination status, or previous infection. 

How long to I need to isolate?

Everyone who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate for a minimum of 5 days.  Those with symptoms may need to isolate longer. Follow these steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days.
  • Isolation can end on day 5 if symptoms are not present or resolving AND a test collected on day 5 or later is negative.
    • If no test is taken, isolation can end on day 10 if symptoms are not present or resolving.
    • If fever is present, isolation should continue until fever resolves.
    • If symptoms other than fever are present, continue to isolate until they are resolving OR until after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others, especially in indoor settings.

Isolation Calendars

TO CALCULATE YOUR ISOLATION PERIOD: Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or the day of your positive test (if you are asymptomatic). Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms develop, or the first full day after your positive test if you do not experience symptoms. Isolation is a minimum five full days, and may extend depending on result of test on Day 5 or later.  This means you could leave your house as early as Day 6. Still unsure? Use this isolation and quarantine calculator.

How do I isolate?

Stay at home.

  • Do not go to school, work or church.
  • Do not run errands.
  • Do not travel or use public transportation.
  • Leave your home only if you have a medical emergency.
  • A household member or friend should handle all outside activities, such as grocery shopping.
  • If you live alone or do not have family/friends who can go grocery shopping for you, email COVID-19@marincounty.org for information about food access and deliveries.

Isolate yourself to a small space in your home.

  • If possible, designate a room and bathroom that only you will use. The smaller the area, the easier it will be to disinfect it properly.
  • Household members or visitors should not enter your isolation area, and you should not leave. Instead:
    • Leave meals outside the door of the isolation area.
    • Clean and disinfect returned items (like dishes) immediately before putting them away. Use gloves when cleaning and disinfecting.
    • Limit items that enter/leave the isolation area to necessities.
  • If you must be in a shared space (for those living in close quarters or shared housing):
    • Stay at least 6 feet from other people, especially those more likely to get sick.
    • Wear a mask when around others. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Open windows and doors to increase ventilation, when possible and safe to do so.
    • Use a separate bathroom if possible.
    • Wash your hands often; if you can’t wash, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Clean or disinfect any surfaces you touch frequently.

Monitor your health.

  • For most people COVID-19 illness is mild and does not require medical attention.
  • Proper home care (like resting or drinking fluids) helps most people get better without the need for hospitalization.
  • Call your health care provider or go to the hospital if you have serious illness. Serious illness includes:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or changes in mental function
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Consult your clinic or health care provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning, or if you are pregnant. 
  • If you need to visit your doctor or a hospital, or if you call 9-1-1, tell them you have COVID-19 so they can be prepared and prepare other patients.  Put on a face mask before entering any healthcare facility.  Do NOT wait in the waiting room

Notify Close Contacts.

  • People in your home, your intimate partners, caregivers, and others you’ve been in close contact with recently are considered "close contacts."
  • Anyone who is a close contact should follow the home quarantine instructions
  • Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and share this information with them.

Report your result.

  • If you used an at-home test (rapid antigen self-test), you need to self report your test result.
  • If you were tested at a healthcare facility or other testing site, you do not need to report your result to the County: your doctor or clinic will inform Marin County Public Health of your test result.

The following guidance based on CDPH's Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public. This guidance does not apply to school or healthcare / emergency medical service settings. In addition, workers should check with their employers about requirements for returning to work since state guidance may differ for those settings.

 


QUARANTINE 

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine. 

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID, to see if they become infected. Someone may have been exposed to COVID-19 but does not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. 

If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, you may need to quarantine depending on your vaccination status.​​​​​​

What do I need to do to quarantine?

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, the actions you should take are based on your vaccination status:

If you've been boosted or recently fully vaccinated:

("Recently fully vaccinated" means you completed a two dose Moderna series less than six months ago, a two dose Pfizer series less than five months ago, or received a Johnson & Johnson dose less than two months ago)

  • You do not need to quarantine from others.
  • Get tested 5 days after exposure.
    • If you test positive, follow isolation guidance above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when around others for 10 days, especially indoor settings.

If you are unvaccinated OR vaccinated and booster eligible but have not yet received a booster:

("Booster eligible" means you completed a two dose Moderna series more than six months ago, a two dose Pfizer series more than five months ago, or a Johnson & Johnson single dose series more than two months ago. See CDC booster eligibility.)

  • You must self-quarantine from others and stay home for at least 5 days, after your last contact with someone who has COVID-19.  The date of your last contact with someone who has COVID-19 is considered "day zero."
  • Test on day 5 after your most recent exposure.
  • Quarantine can end on day 5 if symptoms are not present AND a test on day 5 or later is negative.
    • If no test is taken and no symptoms are present, quarantine can end on day 10.
    • If test is positive, follow isolation guidance above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

In a workplace setting that is not a healthcare setting, asymptomatic employees in this category are not required to stay home from work if:

  • A negative diagnostic test is obtained within 3-5 days after last exposure to a case
  • Employee wears a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days
  • Employee continues to have no symptoms.

Quarantine Calendars

  • Close Contact: Recently Fully Vaccinated OR Have Received a Booster (English) (Spanish)
  • Close Contact: NOT Fully Vaccinated OR Eligible for a Booster, but Have NOT Received One (English) (Spanish)

Quarantine guidance based on CDPH's Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public. his guidance does not apply to school or healthcare settings. In addition, workers should check with their employers about requirements for returning to work since state guidance may differ for those settings. Emergency Medical Services Personnel are permitted to following the guidance on quarantine for healthcare personnel.