Contact tracing is a key strategy to contain the spread of any communicable disease. In alignment with state guidance, to best use our available resources and most effectively minimize the community spread of COVID-19, FCPH will temporarily focus exclusively on conducting the first part of contact tracing: interviews with cases (or guardians as appropriate) of COVID-19. As FCPH completes those interviews, we will provide tools and guidance for them to identify and notify their close contacts. Additionally, FCPH will be providing guidance and tools to all sectors, including employers, schools and daycare centers to assist with identification of close contacts. This will include instruction to exclude close contacts for 10 days and allow to return to work if they have not developed symptoms and without quarantine letters from FCPH.
I Feel Sick
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Separate yourself from other people as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a mask and try to maintain a 6-foot distance as much as possible.
If you do have COVID-19, most people have a mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. It is important that you stay home for 10 days after symptoms appear AND until it has been 24 hours since you have had a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
- Public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis
- Do not go to work or school
Call your doctor to see if you should get tested or go to one of the many testing sites available around the state.
Be sure to stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. If you have trouble breathing or have severe symptoms, call 911.
I Tested Positive
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately
- Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible
- Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
- Wear a mask when around other people, if you are able to
Identify and Notify Your Close Contacts
Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone. You can contact them by using tellyourcontacts.org.
More information is available on the CDC’s website on the steps to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
I Am A Close Contact
In general, FCPH recommends anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 10 days after their last exposure to that person. They should continue to wear their mask and monitor themselves for symptoms through day 14. Individuals may consider ending quarantine after day 7 by obtaining a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) on day 5 or later. We continue to encourage individuals to wear a mask whenever someone is around others from outside their household. See our FCPH Detailed Quarantine Guidance.
Do I Need to Quarantine if I’ve Had the COVID Vaccine?
The CDC recently released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated:
- Fully vaccinated workers no longer need to be restricted from work following an exposure as long as they are asymptomatic.
- Fully vaccinated residents of non-healthcare congregate settings no longer need to quarantine following a known exposure.
- Fully vaccinated asymptomatic people without an exposure may be exempted from routine screening testing, if feasible.
Persons who do not meet the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. See our FCPH Detailed Quarantine Guidance.