Coronavirus
Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Isolation Order states that all individuals who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19 must isolate themselves in their home.

If you had symptoms, you must stay home until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first started and
  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) and
  • Your symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath)

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but never had any symptoms:

  • You must stay home for 10 days after the test was taken, but
  • If you develop symptoms, you need to follow the instructions above

View the home isolation instructions for people with COVID-19.

 

Quarantine
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Quarantine Order states that all close contacts of a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 while that person was symptomatic must quarantine themselves for 14 days. People are considered infectious 48 hours before the start of their symptoms until their isolation period ends. View the home quarantine guidance for close contacts to COVID-19.

Who is considered a close contact? A close contact refers to any of the following people who were exposed to a patient with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 (“patient”) while they were infectious*:

  1. A household member, intimate contact, or caregiver,
  2. An individual who was within 6 feet of the patient for more than 15 minutes
  3. An individual who had unprotected contact with the patient’s body fluids and/or secretions, for example, being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without wearing appropriate protective equipment.

*A patient with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 is considered to be infectious from 48 hours before their symptoms started until their isolation period ends. Asymptomatic patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection are considered to be infectious from 48 hours before their test was taken until 10 days after their test was taken.