Instructions for Self-Quarantine after Possible COVID-19 Exposure

If you had close contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) illness, or traveled to a country or region of the U.S. with an outbreak or widespread community transmission of COVID-19, you are at higher risk for becoming sick with COVID-19. After such potential exposure to COVID-19 you should stay at home for 14 days and monitor your health.

Close contact is defined as:

  1. being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case; -OR-
  2. having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on).

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If you develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for advice on evaluation AND call 877-ASK-VDH3 immediately to speak with a public health official.

Take these steps to monitor your health while you stay home:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day (once in the morning, once in the evening) and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
    • If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing, call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.
    • Before you arrive, tell your doctor about your recent contact or travel and your symptoms.
    • If you seek medical care for other reasons, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent contact or travel and symptoms.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others.
    • If there are others in your household, try to minimize contact by staying in separate rooms.
    • Sleep in separate bedrooms and use separate bathrooms, if available.
  3. Do not go to work, school, public events, or group gatherings during this period. As soon as you can, discuss your situation with your employer or school. Teleworking or long-distance learning is encouraged if that is an option available for you.
  4. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are under self-quarantine.
  5. Avoid all public spaces, public activities,and group gatherings during the time you under self-quarantine.
  6. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you have additional questions about staying home or monitoring your health, please contact your healthcare provider or the local health department.