Protect Your Health
Isolation & Quarantine
If you were exposed
- You do not need to quarantine.
- You may return to work and normal activities.
- Monitor for symptoms in the next 10 days, and if you develop symptoms, follow the instructions on VDH's If you are sick webpage.
- Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days. Watch for symptoms until 10 days after your exposure.
- Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others at home.
- If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately, get tested and stay home until the results return, wearing a well-fitting mask around others. Do not travel until a full 10 days after you last had your exposure.
- If you do not develop symptoms by day 5 after close contact with a COVID-19 case, get tested. Continue to watch for symptoms until 10 days after exposure.
- Take precautions, including wearing a mask around others, until day 10.
- You do not need to quarantine from school, child care, or day camp and may continue to attend programming as long as you do not develop symptoms.
- If you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, AND you have not had COVID-19 in the last 6 months, you may consider testing for COVID-19 as soon as possible after the exposure is identified and again between Days 3-5 after exposure. You may see if your school offers Test to Stay or visit the VDH COVID-19 Testing website to find the nearest testing location and more testing resources.
- Monitor for symptoms in the next 10 days, and if you develop symptoms, follow the instructions on the on VDH's If you are sick webpage.
- Consider wearing a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days.
If you tested positive for COVID-19
VDH sends a text message to phone numbers associated with a positive reported COVID-19 test to help people act quickly and stay informed.
Isolate and monitor your symptoms
Symptoms typically appear 2 to 10 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms might develop sooner (2 to 4 days) with the Omicron variant compared to other variants. People with COVID-19 might not have any symptoms. If they do have symptoms, symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Isolate when you are sick or when you have a positive COVID-19 test, even if you don’t have symptoms. Isolate means to stay home and away from others when you are infected.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and are at higher risk of getting very sick, contact your healthcare provider to see if you are eligible for treatment. Early treatment can prevent you from getting sicker.
If You Have Symptoms
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and isolate for at least 5 days from the date your symptoms began. Wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others at home.
If you are not symptomatic
If you are not symptomatic and have tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and isolate for at least 5 days from the day you had your test done. Wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others at home.
Notify Your Contacts
Call your contacts and tell them you have COVID-19.
Tell anyone you had close contact with that you are sick, so that they know to quarantine (stay home), get tested, and stay alert for symptoms.
Guidance on when your self-isolation or quarantine may end
Quarantine & Isolation Calculator
Select the option below that describes your situation, enter the relevant date, and this calculator will give you guidance on when your isolation or quarantine at home may end.
This guidance is for members of the general public and may not apply to healthcare facilities, high-risk congregate settings, or other setting-specific groups. This guidance does not apply to students, teachers, or staff in a child care, K-12 school, or day camp setting.
If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines. This includes people who are not vaccinated. You do not need to quarantine if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the last six months.
This guidance does not apply to healthcare facilities or staff and residents of long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, or homeless shelters or other setting-specific groups. This guidance does not apply to students, teachers, or staff in a child care, K-12 school, or day camp setting.
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