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The information below is for the general public and is not applicable to healthcare personnel in hospitals or skilled nursing facilities, or K-12 schools. View individual guidance below.

Cdph guidance for local health jurisdictions
Steps for Isolation

  • Once you test positive, isolation should begin immediately.  Regardless of vaccination status, isolate in your home or in a location where you have little-to-no contact with others. 

  • Talk to a healthcare provider to learn if you qualify for COVID-19 Treatments

  • Notify individuals you were in close contact with during the two (2) days before you developed symptoms (or were tested for COVID-19, if you do not have symptoms) that you have tested positive.  Close contacts should take steps to protect themselves after being exposed. 

  • Contact your employer and be prepared to provide your positive test and the letter referenced above.  Your employer may have different return-to-work requirements based on your occupation. 

  • If you need to see a doctor, CALL for instructions. If you have trouble breathing or other symptoms become severe, call 9-1-1. 

If you are employed in a facility regulated by CalOSHA, additional return-to-work

testing requirements may apply. 

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Recently had COVID-19?

If you had COVID-19 in the last 30 days and have no new symptoms, you do not need to test. Unless you develop symptoms during the 10 days after you were exposed, you do not need to quarantine.

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When to Seek Care

Persons in isolation or should seek medical assistance:

  • If new symptoms develop or their symptoms worsen.

  • If the infected or exposed person is going to a medical office, emergency room, or urgent care center, the facility should be notified ahead of time that the person is infected with or has been exposed to COVID-19; the person should wear a mask for the clinical visit.

  • Any one of the following emergency warning signs signal a need to call 911 and get medical attention immediately:

    • Trouble breathing.

    • Bluish lips or face.

    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.

    • New confusion or inability to arouse.

    • New numbness or tingling in the extremities.

    • Other serious symptoms

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