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COVID-19: Guidelines for Isolation, Quarantine, and Care

Quarantine/Isolation Guidelines

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If you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, you need to you may need to stay at home or isolate yourself from others. Close contact means:

  • You were within six feet of someone for a total of 15 minutes or more who has COVID-19.
  • You cared for someone at home who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You hugged or kissed the sick person.
  • You shared plates, cups, or eating utensils with the sick person.
  • The sick person sneezed, coughed, or got respiratory droplets on you.


Testing for COVID-19 After You Have Been Exposed

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you may be able to get tested. Follow these guidelines:

  • If you do not have symptoms, wait at least five days before you get a test. If you get a test too soon, after you have been exposed you could get false negative results.
  • If you do have symptoms, you can get tested.

If you need a COVID-19 test, you can buy a rapid test kit at your local pharmacy, make an appointment with your health care provider, or visit urgent care in-person or virtually. To find other testing locations near you, visit

When to Go to the ER or Get Emergency Help

Emergency Warning Signs for COVID-19

If someone is showing any of these signs, get emergency medical care immediately:

  • trouble breathing,
  • pain or pressure in the chest that isn’t going away,
  • confusion that they haven’t had before,
  • can’t wake up or stay awake, or
  • bluish lips or face.*

If someone has those signs, call 911. If you are taking them to the ER, call ahead to let them know you are coming. Tell the operator that you are bringing someone who has or may have COVID-19.

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that concern you.

Retesting for COVID-19

We do not recommend retesting or getting another test for COVID-19. If you have had a positive test for COVID-19, you could still have low levels of the virus in your body. These virus levels would show your test as positive.

This could happen for up to three months after your first COVID-19 positive test. You also are probably not spreading COVID-19.

For this reason, we don’t recommend retesting if you have tested positive before.

10 Tips for Coronavirus Isolation

Whether you have COVID-19 (coronavirus) or someone you live with does, you need to take care of yourself and your household. Use these 10 tips to take care of yourself and those you live with.

Read the Tips

Community Resources

Call 2-1-1 or visit if you need help with things like:

  • transportation;
  • unemployment benefits;
  • housing, rent, or utilities;
  • food; or
  • other needs.

United Way 2-1-1 is a FREE service that helps people find FREE and LOW-COST resources. 

Outpatient COVID-19 Treatment

If you test positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk for being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19, you may be eligible for outpatient COVID-19 treatment

Questions? Call 801-587-0712 or

Make a Virtual Care Appointment

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