COVID-19 CLOSE CONTACTS
If you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated, you will be asked to quarantine for the next several days. Identified close contacts may not receive a call from the Health Department.
How to Quarantine:
Your quarantine will begin from the last known exposure to the confirmed case. The virus can spread even if you do not currently feel sick or have symptoms, so it is best that you separate yourself from others. Use a separate bathroom if possible. It is recommended that you wear a face covering if you cannot separate completely.
The most effective quarantine is 14 days. This is recommended if you will be around people who are at high risk for the virus, such as the elderly, those who are pregnant or are immunocompromised.
You may be able to quarantine for 10 days if you have no symptoms throughout the entire course of your quarantine. Another option is to quarantine for 7 days if you have a negative COVID-19 test on or after day 5 AND have no symptoms throughout the entire course of your quarantine.
If the confirmed COVID-19 patient lives in your home and you are unable to separate during their illness, your quarantine period will not begin until your last day of exposure to the positive case (the case’s last day of isolation).
Things to Know:
It can take up to 14 days before COVID-19 symptoms appear. Consider the following recommendations over the next two weeks.
- Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, headache, sore throat, runny nose, and/or new loss of taste or smell. A complete list of potential symptoms can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
- There are several steps you can take to prevent further spread of the virus. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/index.html to learn about daily prevention practices and cleaning guidelines.
- If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. However, do not seek testing until at least five days after the last day of exposure to the confirmed case if you are asymptomatic. While waiting for the test results, you should stay away from others – including individuals in your household.
- Stay home except to seek medical care. Call your doctor if you have trouble breathing, pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion or inability to waken. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency, and tell the operator that you have been exposed to COVID-19. Wear a face covering when receiving medical attention.
- Once isolation and quarantine periods have ended, consider obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine for eligible unvaccinated household members. Doing so will help provide protection to others who cannot receive the vaccine, such as those under 12 years old. To schedule a vaccine, contact the Powell County Health Department at 606-663-4360 or visit vaccines.gov to find providers in your area.