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COVID-19 Isolation After Positive Test

Isolation is the separation of people who are infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected, in order to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2; the virus that causes COVID-19.

You must still isolate when you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.

 

(1) If you are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19, follow these steps and get tested for COVID-19.

 

(2) If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result and are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19, follow these steps:

  • If you performed a self-test at home, report your positive result to GCPH. Results from tests performed at a pharmacy or laboratory are automatically reported to GCPH, though it may take several days and be received after you are notified.  You are NOT required to get a confirmation test at a pharmacy or laboratory after testing positive with an at-home self-test.
  • Isolate
    • Follow the Greene County Public Health Guidelines and see How to Isolate. Day 1 of isolation begins the day after you became symptomatic.
    • You may leave your isolation when
      • At least full 5 days past the date your symptoms started have passed AND
      • Your symptoms have resolved or are improving AND
      • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, without using fever-reducing medications.
      • Masks must be worn days 6-10 after release from isolation.
      • Notify your close contacts, who are recommended to test approximately 5 days after positive exposure.

 

(3) If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, but you are not experiencing any symptoms (this may occur if you were required to be tested for some reason, you sought testing because you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or in anticipation of attending an event or venue):

  • If you performed a self-test at home, report your positive result to GCPH. Results from tests performed at a pharmacy or laboratory are automatically reported to GCPH, though it may take several days and be received after you are notified.  You are NOT required to get a confirmation test at a pharmacy or laboratory after testing positive with an at-home self-test.
  • Isolate
    • Follow the Greene County Public Health Guidelines and see How to Isolate. Day 1 of isolation begins the day after your specimen was collected, since you do not have symptoms.
    • You may leave your isolation after 5 full days have passed since your test specimen was collected.
    • Masks must be worn days 6-10 after release from isolation.
    • Notify your close contacts, who are recommended to test approximately 5 days after positive exposure.

(4) If you had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Quarantine is NOT required after exposure, however masking is recommended during this time.
  • Testing is recommended approximately 5 days after positive exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 after exposure, get tested immediately and begin the process for isolation, if positive (see above).