COVID-19 Self-Quarantine Guidelines
Required steps if you are exposed to the virus
You MUST self-quarantine if you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, even if you feel healthy or don’t develop symptoms.
Symptoms can develop anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure and you could spread the virus to others at any time during that period.
Who does not need to quarantine?
- You are ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
- You are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
- You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test).
- Get tested at least 3-5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
For People that are Unvaccinated:
What to do for quarantine?
- Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.
- For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms .
- If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.
- If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to quarantine for 10 days. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
For more information:
Why do I need to self-quarantine?
- To reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others in our community and to keep others safe
- There may be a lapse in time between being exposed to COVID 19 and starting to feel sick
- During this time you can spread germs to others- even if you do not have symptoms
How do I self-quarantine?
STAY HOME! Accordion Closed
- Stay at home except to seek medical care
- Do not go to work, school, church, events, parties, stores or any public areas
- Do not visit friends or family members
- Ask friends or family to drop off groceries and supplies or order them online
- Ask friends or family to run any necessary errands for you, including picking up prescriptions
- Do not invite others over to your house while you are in quarantine
Separate yourself from others in your home Accordion Closed
- Avoid close contact with roommates and family members as much as possible while in the home
- Stay in your own well-ventilated room, preferably with windows that open, with the door closed
- Use a separate bathroom/toilet/sink, if available and clean bathroom after every use
- Do not share utensils, towels, bedding other items with others in your home
- Wash dishes and utensils thoroughly after use with soap and water or use a dishwasher
No Visitors Allowed Accordion Closed
- Do not invite visitors, friends or family to your home
- Do not make contact with people at your front door- have deliveries left outside the door
Continue Prevention Measures Accordion Closed
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after coughing/sneezing, before preparing food, before eating, after using the restroom and any time your hands are visibly dirty
- If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol- cover all surfaces of hands and rub together until dry
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing- use a tissue- Not your hands- and place the tissue in the trash.
- Frequently clean shared surfaces such as doorknobs, bathrooms, kitchen items using disinfectant such as bleach, Clorox or Lysol. Clean any surfaces where you may have sneezed or coughed.
- Wear a face mask whenever you are around others or pets.
Separate Yourself from Animals in your Home Accordion Closed
- Do not handle pets or other animals
- If you develop symptoms of COVID19, avoid close contact with your pets including petting, snuggling, sharing food or allowing them to lick you.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while sick, wash hands before and after interacting with them and wear a facemask
- Read more – CDC: If you have pets
Monitor For Symptoms Accordion Closed
- Contact your provider if you develop symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat) and have an underlying health condition that puts you in a high risk category. High risk categories – CDC People at Increased Risk.
- If you experience a medical emergency call 911.
Inform them that you are being evaluated for COVID19 and put on a facemask before they arrive.
- These symptoms require immediate medical attention
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you develop symptoms
- Contact your medical provider or call Campus Health Services
- CHS Phone (928) 523-2131
- Coconino County Health Department
- Flagstaff Medical Center Emergency Department
- NAU Counseling Services: (928) 523-2131