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August 01, 2021
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If You Test Positive for COVID-19

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

Stay Home

We’ll assume you have an infection now and are contagious to other people.  Whether or not you have symptoms, stay home and separate from others.

 

If you have Symptoms

If you have NO Symptoms

 

You can be around others after:

  • You have no fever for 24 hours without the use of medicine AND

  • Your symptoms have improved, AND

  • At least 10 days have passed since your first symptoms

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days have passed since your test, and you have no symptoms

Other members in your household should stay home for 14 days

Other members in your household should stay home for 14 days

You will need to notify everyone you had close contact with that you tested positive for COVID-19 and that they need to stay home for 14 days and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. They may have the option to shorten their quarantine period.

Who to notify:

  • Close contact means spending at least 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of someone (family, friend, co-worker, acquaintance or someone you don’t know) with or without a face covering.

  • Contact the people you were in close contact with beginning 2 days before your symptoms began.

You will need to notify everyone you had close contact with that you tested positive for COVID-19 and that they need to stay home for 14 days and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. They may have the option to shorten their quarantine period.

Who to notify:

  • Close contact means spending at least 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of someone (family, friend, co-worker, acquaintance or someone you don’t know) with or without a face covering.

  • Contact the people you were in close contact with beginning 2 days before you took your COVID-19 test.

 

Tell Your Close Contacts Right Away. 

Call, email, or text close contacts as soon as possible. Timing matters!

People are most contagious the day or two before they have symptoms and when they first show symptoms. For those without symptoms, that could be 4 to 5 days after they were last around you. The sooner you let them know, the sooner they can take action to stop the spread.

If you can reach your friends or family within 4 days of their being around you, you can keep the next person from getting sick with COVID-19. The sooner you let your contacts know, the sooner they can take action to stop the spread.

Tell your close contacts to stay home, away from others, and to get tested.

Tell them to stay home, away from others, and to get tested.

They can talk to their doctor about getting a test, call 211 if they don’t have a doctor, or get tested at a community test site. It’s best if they wait 4-5 days from when they were around you before taking a test. The test may not work if they get tested too soon. They should stay home and away from others while they wait.

No matter the test result, your close contacts should quarantine at home for 14 days since you were last together. In some cases they may be able to leave quarantine earlier, but 14 days is the safest option. If you have been around someone with COVID-19.

Answer Calls from Jackson County Public Health, if They Call You

  • A public health worker doing case investigation may call you if you test positive. These workers help slow the spread of the virus by finding out who you may have infected and keeping them from spreading the virus to others.

  • If public health calls you, let them know your close contacts and the places you visited. If you haven’t reached out to your close contacts already, the public health worker will help you identify and inform them.

  • All information you share will be kept private and is not shared with the federal government, ICE, or your landlord.

  • Health workers will not ask for Social Security numbers, bank information, or credit cards.

What to expect if a public health worker calls you.

Resources for Staying Home

Call 2-1-1 if you need support for isolation or quarantine. 2-1-1 will connect you to organizations that can help with resources you may need (groceries, financial support, help with rent, other essentials). There is also a document at the bottom of this article for local resources that can help.

If you cannot self-isolate, we will work with you to explore your options. 

Take Care of Yourself

It is important to take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus to others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider (unless they provided the test).

There is no cure or specific medicine for COVID-19. What to do if you’re sick (CDC)

It is important to know when to seek emergency medical care for COVID-19, especially when the hospital system’s capacity may be limited due to the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to walk or stay away

  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

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