You tested positive for COVID-19. Now what? 

Get the answers to the questions you may have after testing positive for COVID-19 below:

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • Isolate at home. Anyone who is sick or infected should separate from others and wear a well-fitting mask when they need to be around others.
  • People in isolation should stay in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Anyone who is presumed or confirmed positive for COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from other people for at least five full days (day zero is the first day of symptoms or the date of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons).
    • A mask should be worn when around others at home and in public for an additional five days.

How long do I have to isolate? 

  • Anyone who is presumed or confirmed positive for COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from other people for at least five full days (day zero is the first day of symptoms or the date of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons).
  • You can end isolation after five full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and if your other symptoms have improved.
    • You should wear a mask when around others, at home, and in public for an additional five days (days six through 10).
    • If you continue to have a fever or if your other symptoms have not improved after five days of isolation, you should wait to end your isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and until your other symptoms have improved.
  • Check with your employer on when you can return to work.

What should I do once my isolation period is up?

  • You should wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional five days (days six through 10).
  • Do not travel during your five-day isolation period. After you end isolation, avoid travel until a full 10 days after your first day of symptoms.
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until a full 10 days after your first day of symptoms.

Who should I notify that I tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Your employer.
  • Anyone who you’ve spent time with or have been in close contact with, going back at least two days before you got tested or started having symptoms.
    • The CDC defines a close contact as someone who was less than six feet from you for 15 minutes or more.

How can I avoid spreading COVID-19 to other members of my household?

  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Do not share personal household items like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you need to be around other people.

When should I seek medical attention?

  • Please refrain from visiting the Emergency Department for mild, cold-like symptoms or to request a COVID-19 test.
  • Call your primary care provider if your symptoms are fairly mild but are becoming difficult to manage.
  • If you are concerned about your symptoms and would like to request a visit with medical provider, please call 1-800-VALLEY-1 (1-800-825-5391). Virtual or in-office visits are available.
  • Seek emergency medical care immediately if you are showing any of these symptoms:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

If you haven’t been tested and you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19:

CDC Guidelines are as follows:

If you have been boosted OR completed your primary two-dose vaccine series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last five months OR completed the primary one-dose series of J&J vaccine within the last two months:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Get a COVID-19 test on day five, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

If you completed your primary two-dose vaccine series of Pfizer or Moderna more than five months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary one-dose vaccine series of J&J more than two months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated:

  • Stay home for five days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Get a COVID-19 test on day five, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home