Coronavirus
Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation

Revised Health Officer Order: August 31, 2022

Please review the Health Officer Order for the Control of COVID-19 - Public Health Emergency Isolation Order, revised 8/31/22 - Effective Thursday 9/1/22 as of 12:01 a.m. Changes are highlighted in yellow on the document.

This Isolation Order is revised to clarify the following:

  • if a person's COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen after ending isolation, they should re-isolate as they may have COVID-19 rebound. Isolation for COVID-19 rebound can end 5 days after rebound began as long as they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours and their symptoms are improving. 

PDF: 2022.08.31_HOO_Coronavirus_Isolation.pdf

Please see our COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine webpages for easy to read summaries and links to other important information. 

Other pertinent information and resources can be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to protect the health and well-being of Los Angeles County residents.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

 

Revised Isolation Order: May 18, 2022

  • This Isolation Order is revised in response to changes in the April 6, 2022, State Public Health Officer Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public.
  • Changes the definition of a “close contact” to align with the new CDPH definition of: “someone sharing the same indoor airspace, e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane, etc., for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) during an infected person’s (laboratory-confirmed or clinical diagnosis) infectious period.”

WHO IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THIS HEALTH OFFICER ORDER

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, who reside or work in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction, who have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to isolate (separate) themselves from others and follow all instructions in this Order until it's safe for them to be around others. A person is considered to be diagnosed with COVID-19 based on one or both of the following criteria:

  1. They received a positive viral test for COVID-19 and/or
  2. A healthcare provider clinically suspects that they have COVID-19

WHAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DO IF YOU HAVE COVID-19

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer ("Health Officer") requires everyone who tests positive for or is diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms to immediately:

  1. Self-isolate (stay in your home or another residence and away from others) for at least 5 days, see Duration of Self-Isolation, and
  2. Wear a highly protective mask until your isolation ends. If you meet the criteria to leave isolation before 10 days, it is strongly recommended* that you continue to wear a highly protective mask around others, especially indoors, for a total of 10 days after either the positive COVID-19 viral test or the first full day after your symptoms developed. The mask should be a well-fitting medical mask, a well-fitting respirator, or a well-fitting high-filtration reusable mask with a nose-wire (see ph.lacounty.gov/masks for details about masks with best protection), and
    *Note that return to work requirements for employees require masks. See Exclusion Requirements for Employees Who Test Positive.
  3. Tell your close contacts that they have been exposed and need to follow the Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19 available at ph.lacounty.gov/covidcontacts, and
  4. Answer the phone if you get a call from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ("Public Health") or (833) 641-0305 to complete a telephone interview or if you get a text message from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health complete the online case interview within 24 hours of receiving the text, and
  5. If interviewed, identify close contacts to Public Health ("Public Health") who may need assistance with quarantine or other referrals and resources, and
  6. Follow all instructions in this Order.

Workplace settings: Employers may determine if their employees/contractors with COVID-19 must complete the full 10 days of isolation before returning to work or if they may return to work after Day 5, if all the required return to work criteria are met. Employees/contractors are advised to obtain information from their employer. In workplace settings, employers and employees are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and must follow the additional applicable ETS requirements for workplaces and for workplaces experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 among its workforce. See Cal-OSHA ETS FAQs. If you are a healthcare worker, see Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Isolation).


Quarantine

Revised Quarantine Order: May 18, 2022

  • ​Clarified that asymptomatic persons who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (asymptomatic contacts) are exempt from quarantine, regardless of vaccination status. However, they are required to follow the requirements specified below; noted that some people who live or work in specified high-risk settings will have to follow the setting-specific requirements in relationship to work restrictions or work exclusions. Workers in other settings are required to follow Cal/OSHA work exclusions and/or return to work requirements.
  • Noted exemption for COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic contacts who previously tested positive using a viral test for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and recovered, as long as they have no symptoms.
  • Noted that all contacts, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a highly protective mask around others while indoors and when close to others while outdoors through Day 10.

PERSONS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THIS HEALTH OFFICER ORDER

All individuals who reside or work in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 (close contacts), whether exempt from quarantine or not, are to follow the requirements of this Order specific to their situation and the instructions for quarantine, as indicated below.

This order does not apply to the management of exposed health care personnel working within the health care setting nor does it apply to the management of exposed Emergency Medical Service personnel working within the prehospital or healthcare setting. Exposed health care personnel should refer to Work Restrictions for Asymptomatic HCP with Exposures. Emergency Medical Service personnel should refer to Work Restrictions for Asymptomatic EMS Personnel with Exposures.

This order also does not apply to the management of exposed residents and, in terms of work restrictions or work exclusions, exposed staff in other specified high-risk settings. Exposed residents and staff in the following high-risk settings must follow the requirements specific to their setting:

Due to Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), workers in other settings who have been exposed are required to follow the Cal-OSHA exclusions and/or return to work requirements. Refer to LA County Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for additional details. Please note that for exposures occurring within the workplace, Cal-OSHA uses a different definition of close contact.

Please note that for exposures at educational settings, a different definition of close contact for children/students may be used. See http://ph.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/parents.

CLOSE CONTACTS WHO ARE EXEMPTED FROM QUARANTINE
Regardless of your vaccination status, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have no symptoms, you are not required to quarantine away from others.

You are required to:

  1. Wear a highly protective mask around others while indoors and when in close contact with (within 6 feet of) others while outdoors for a total of 10 days after the last contact with a person infected with COVID-19. The mask should be a well-fitting medical mask, a well-fitting respirator, or a well-fitting high filtration reusable mask with a nose-wire. See ph.lacounty.gov/masks for details about masks with best protection; and
  2. Test* within 3-5 days after your last exposure to determine your infection status; and
    (Please note: If you test positive, follow all isolation requirements at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation)
  3. Monitor yourself for symptoms for 10 days following your exposure; and
    (
    Please note: If you test positive, follow all isolation requirements at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation)
  4. Follow all other steps in the Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19, which are available in English, Spanish, and other languages at: ph.lacounty.gov/covidcontacts.

*Testing is not required if you previously tested positive using a viral test for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, as long as you have no symptoms.