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Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Learn what to do if you are exposed to, have symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19.

Updated 8/23/2022

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay away (isolate) from others, and get tested. Tests are easy to find now. Visit our testing page for options.  

If you test positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate at home for five days regardless of your vaccination status. Separate from other family members, staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom if possible. 
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms have resolved after five days, you can leave your house. 
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for five more days. Avoid being around people who are more likely to get sick for at least 11 days. 
  • If you are unable to mask on days 6-10, remain at home for 10 days. 
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves; this is without having taken medicine for 24 hours. 
  • Also, stay home until your other symptoms are improving. 
  • If you live in a facility where residents are at higher risk of severe disease (long-term care, adult foster home, behavioral health facility), isolate for 10 days. 

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19

  • You do not need to stay home (quarantine) unless you have symptoms. This is new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of August 11, 2022.
  • Wear a high-quality mask around others for 10 days and get tested on day five.  
  • Watch for symptoms for ten days. If you develop symptoms, stay home, isolate from others and follow the advice above.

If you were exposed and live or work in a high-risk setting

The CDC guidance above applies to the general population including schools and childcare facilities. OHA still recommends quarantine for some people who live and work in settings where there is a high risk of transmission and severe disease. This includes jails, health care facilities, long-term care and some congregate living settings. 

Reporting a positive at-home test

You can report your positive test to the Oregon Health Authority. You can also get more information on how to isolate and keep those around you safe while you recover. If you prefer the phone, call toll-free 1-866-917-8881 if:

  • You want more health information.
  • You have questions about isolation or quarantine.
  • You have questions about telling your close contacts they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • You need to isolate and are worried about your ability to do that.

Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How to prevent home transmission

Watch the video below for helpful information to prevent virus spread in the home, including:

  • What to do if you can't easily separate from others
  • How to care for an ill person in the home

The CDC also has a helpful website that explains what to do if you are sick, and how to care for someone with COVID-19