Quarantining for COVID-19

What to do if you live with, or had close contact with, someone who has COVID-19.

What to do

Stay at home for at least 14 days

If you live with someone who has COVID-19, you must quarantine for 2 weeks after that person finished their isolation. This means your quarantine is likely to be at least 3 weeks total.

Do not go to work. Do not leave your home unless you are getting healthcare. Do not allow visitors into your home.

Get tested

Even if you don't feel sick, you should still get tested.

See your COVID-19 testing options.

You should stay home while waiting for test results.

If you test negative, you still have to quarantine for 2 weeks.

Limit contact with people you live with

Stay in your own room, if you can. Use a separate bathroom, if you can.

Do not prepare or serve food to others. Keep your own set of utensils, plates, towels, bedding, or other household items. Do not share them.

Limit your contact with pets.

Follow the personal hygiene and cleaning tips for staying healthy during the coronavirus outbreak. Wear a face covering, or have others wear a face covering around you.

Be especially careful around older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions. They are more likely to have serious COVID-19 complications.

See if you develop new symptoms

Get tested for COVID-19 if:

  • You have a fever over 100.4° Fahrenheit or 38.0° Celsius
  • You’re shivering a lot
  • You have a cough
  • It’s hard to breathe
  • You feel tired or sore
  • You can’t smell or taste anything
  • Your throat hurts
  • Your head hurts
  • You have a runny or stuffy nose
  • You have diarrhea, feel sick to your stomach, or throw up

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow isolation instructions.

If you test negative but still feel sick, stay home until it’s been 10 days since you felt sick.

Special cases

Children or people with special needs

People who need care do not need to isolate themselves at home.

Frontline workers

If you work in COVID-19 response, you should still go to work. Follow your employer’s policy.

These workers include:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Laboratory personnel handling COVID-19 specimens
  • Morgue workers
  • First responders
  • Law enforcement
  • Sanitation workers
  • 911 and 311 operators
  • Emergency management personnel
  • City workers assigned as Disaster Service Workers
  • People who work in long-term care facilities or homeless shelters

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Last updated May 29, 2020