What To Do If You Have COVID-19

If You Have COVID-19: A Guide to Isolation

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow these guidelines.

  1. Stay Home and isolate
    1. You must stay at your home and avoid other people, including those you live with. You may not go out in public places – not even to the grocery store or to run errands. You may not visit with other people outside of your home, and you may not invite others into your house to visit.
      1. Stay in 1 room in your house and have your meals brought to you
      2. Use a separate bathroom, if possible
  2. Tell your close contacts
    1. Household Contacts: Tell the people you live with about your COVID-19 infection. They must self-quarantine for 10 days starting the day after their last exposure to you and while you were able to infect them
    2. Other Close Contacts: We encourage you to tell any people who you were within 6 feet of for more than ten minutes from two days before you developed symptoms (or two days before your test if you don’t have symptoms) through your last day of isolation. These people must self-quarantine for 10 days following their last exposure to you while you were able to infect them.
  3. Take care of yourself
    1. Support While in Isolation: Reach out to your healthcare provider or seek emergency care if you have any worsening of symptoms
      1. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Tell them that you have COVID-19.
  4. Be prepared at home
    1. Seek help from others to safely provide you and your household food and supplies you need while in isolation
      1. Have a working thermometer on hand at home
      2. Is your pantry stocked so you can be at home for 10 days? Consider making meals ahead of time to put in your freezer
      3. Do you know which neighbor or family member can bring you things you need? Write this down and designate a spot in your kitchen
      4. Do you know where testing can be done in your area? Do you need an order from your provider (York Hospital) or just an appointment (online with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital)
        1. Remember – the rapid test is only accurate if you have symptoms
      5. Make sure you have plenty of Tylenol and Motrin for fever control
  1. Know when you can end isolation
    1. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay at home until:
      1. At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared AND
      2. At least 24 hours have passed since fever went away without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in other symptoms AND
      3. Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
    2. If you do NOT have symptoms but have a positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, you must stay at home until:
      1. At least 10 days have passed since the date of your positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming you don’t develop symptoms. If you develop symptoms, see above.

More information can be found online at:  “I tested positive for COVID-19”