Isolation is for people who DO have symptoms and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness). Isolate at home for 5 days from the beginning of symptoms or the date of the test (if no symptoms). Home isolation can end after 5 days if symptoms have significantly improved, AND fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications in the last 48 hours.
After exposure, monitor yourself for symptoms daily for 5 full days.
If you have no symptoms during the 5 days, you can return to school, but you must wear a mask for 10 days.
Testing for COVID-19 should be performed by a healthcare provider. “At-home tests” will be accepted for return to work or school clearance if symptoms of illness are present.
Do I need to be in isolation if I am waiting for test results?
Yes, if you are suspected of having COVID-19 because of symptoms or exposure (travel-related or exposure to a known case). A person who is being tested for COVID-19 because they are suspected of having the disease is required to be in isolation until test results are received. Do not attend school or school activities while waiting for test results, whether you are a staff member or a student.
No, if you are being tested for another purpose, such as a test before surgery (i.e. pre-operative screening test) you are not required to isolate while waiting for results.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include, cough, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, headache, body aches, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell. A person may say that food “tastes bad” or “tastes funny.”
Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include: shortness of breath, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is recommended that you keep in contact with your primary care provider if you experience any of these symptoms. Symptoms that are due to a pre-existing medical diagnosis that is under the care of a medical provider are not subject to this guidance.