How Long Should I Stay in Home Isolation if I Have a COVID-19 Infection?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it is important to stay home and isolate for at least 5 days from the date of the positive test result. If you develop symptoms of the virus, you should isolate for 5 days from the date the symptoms began. Even after 5 days, it is important to continue wearing a mask when around other people in your home. Quarantine is different from isolation and refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you have been identified as a close contact of an infected person, you must quarantine for 14 days from the date of your last exposure.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has created a COVIDWISE Verification Portal that allows people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to get a verification code for Virginia Exposure Reporting Tools: COVIDWISE & COVIDWISE Express. If you need support to stay home safely, or if you need a safe place to self-isolate or quarantine, your local public health department can put you in touch with services available in your area. It is important to follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health department to ensure that you are taking all necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. The CDC recommends that people who are positive for COVID-19 stay home until it is safe for them to be around others, including even other members of their household.

If you have no symptoms and have tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and isolate for at least 5 days from the day you were tested. If your symptoms have improved after 5 days, you can leave your home, but continue to wear a mask for 5 more days. If you continue to have a fever or your other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, wait until you have no fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications and your other symptoms have improved. Select the option below that describes your situation, enter the appropriate date, and this calculator will provide guidance on when your home isolation or quarantine can end.

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