If You Test Positive for COVID-19

If You Have 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

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.

Who to notify:

- Notify anyone that you had been in close contact with 48 hours prior to when your symptoms began and until you have met the criteria to be around other people.

- 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.

- Notify those that were exposed during the time you were transmitting the virus. This is 48 hours prior to your symptoms beginning and from when you met the criteria to be around other people.

If You Have NO 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

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.

Who to notify:

- Notify anyone that you had been in close contact with 48 hours prior to when your symptoms began and until you have met the criteria to be around other people.

- 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.

- Notify those that were exposed during the time you were transmitting the virus. This is 48 hours prior to your symptoms beginning and from when you met the criteria to be around other people.

Useful Resources
When you can be around others after you had or likely had COVID-19 (CDC)

When to start and end quarantine (CDC)

COVID-19 After Testing Guide

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.

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 2-1-1 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.

Answer Calls from Union County Public Health, if They Call You
- Because of the high number of people who are getting COVID-19, not everyone who is positive will get a call from a public health worker. Public health workers will focus first on those most at risk of serious illness or spreading the virus to a lot of other people.

- 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.

- Please be aware our contact tracing team has many numbers from numerous area codes. We want to remind our community to be patient as our contact tracers are working diligently calling people who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We also want to remind our community to please answer the call.

- If you do not answer we will leave a message if your voicemail is set up and is not full. You will receive a message similar to this “Hello, this is ____ calling on behalf of Union County Public Health Services. I am calling you to discuss an urgent health concern. Please return this call at ##-###-### as soon as possible. If you need to leave a voicemail, please include your name, phone number and the best time to reach you.”

- We do not text until after we make initial contact and get permission to communicate through text.

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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