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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should not wait to hear from the health department. Immediately follow the guidance as described below. Stay home except to get medical care
  • 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

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.

The CDC recently released a new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

More Resources



Sick or Had Contact with Someone with COVID-19   

Care for Someone Who is Sick