How do I isolate?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, OR if you develop symptoms, follow these instructions. These instructions are for people who have been told to isolate or who are voluntarily isolating due to symptoms.

  • A person’s residence is the preferred setting for isolation.

Isolation or self-isolation includes people who:

  • Have a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19:
  • Are getting ill and think they might have COVID-19. Symptoms, especially early on, may be mild and feel like a common cold. Early symptoms could include a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness. Some people may not develop fever or fever may not appear until several days into the illness.


  • Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Is for people who are already sick
  • Can be voluntary, but public health agencies have legal authority to issue isolation orders to sick people.

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