COVID-19 Prevention

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Guidance for the General Public

What are COVID-19 symptoms?

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Consider getting tested if you have any of the following:
Fever of 100.4 degrees or higherFatigueDiarrhea
Body AchesShortness of BreathHeadaches
ChillsLoss of Taste or SmellCough
Congestion or Runny NoseSore ThroatNausea/Vomiting/Loss of Appetite

When should I quarantine?

Quarantine occurs BEFORE a person becomes sick or tests positive.  Quarantine (see below) if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19.

  • People who are fully vaccinated with a booster do not have to quarantine, but should wear a mask around others for 10 days and should get a COVID-19 test on day 5. If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.
  • People who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, should stay home for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. You should get a COVID-19 test on day 5. If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

Learn more about CDC guidelines for quarantine here.

When should I isolate?

Isolation occurs AFTER a person becomes sick or tests positive, regardless of vaccination status. A person with COVID-19 is required to stay home, not go to work, and avoid other people, staying isolated in their own bedroom and using their own bathroom as much as possible.

  • People who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave isolation as long as you continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

Learn more about CDC guidelines for isolation here.

Guidance for Specific Sectors

Click here for guidance for health care workers.

Click here for guidance for nursing and long-term care facilities. 

If You Must Travel During the Pandemic

COVID-19 doesn’t take a vacation. Travel can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. Review the local regulations and pre-travel requirements (negative test for entry, complete vaccination) before traveling.