Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population


If you test positive for COVID-19 (isolate)

If you test positive for COVID-19 on either a rapid antigen or PCR test, you are required to self-isolate – whether you are vaccinated or not. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. Self-isolation means separating yourself from others to keep your germs from spreading. Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals who test positive should avoid people who are at high risk of severe disease for 10 days.

Days to Isolate

  • Day 0, first day of symptoms OR day the positive test was taken, whichever is earlier
  • Days 1-4, continue to isolate
  • Day 5, last day of isolation if asymptomatic or symptoms are improving
  • Day 6, leave isolation (if you are able to wear a mask at all times when around other people, including in your household, through day 10). You may remove your mask prior to day 10, if you have had two negative tests taken 48 hours apart.

After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, restart your isolation at day 0.

While everyone must isolate if they have COVID, individuals may be able to return to childcare, school or a healthcare setting sooner under certain conditions

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 (exposure precautions)

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID, you do not need to quarantine as long as you remain asymptomatic, regardless of your vaccination status. You must wear a mask any time you are around others inside your home or indoors in public for the 10 days following your exposure, unless you are unable to mask*.

If you were exposed and develop symptoms at any time, isolate and take a test and stay home until you know the result. If the result is positive, follow isolation protocols. If your test is negative or if you have remained asymptomatic, take a test on day 6.

  • If you have not had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you can test with either a rapid antigen or PCR test.
  • People who had COVID-19 in the last 90 days should test with a rapid antigen test, not a PCR test.
  • People who had COVID-19 in the last 30 days are not recommended to test on day 6 but should use a rapid antigen test if they develop any symptoms.

 If you test positive, follow isolation guidance. For more information, please see CDC COVID-19 Exposure Guidance.

* You are unable to consistently wear a mask due to young age or medical or behavioral condition. 

Schools, childcare, and certain healthcare settings

Workers in schools, childcare, camps and certain healthcare settings have specific standards for returning to their workplaces, as do children returning to school, childcare or camp settings. It should be noted that these standards apply to their specific setting only, and all individuals must follow the isolation and exposure precaution guidance for the general population when outside of those settings.

Specific guidance and protocols on when individuals may return to these settings: