G. Test Results

II. COVID-19 General FAQs

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G. Test Results

Most people with COVID-19 will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home and let close contacts know they may have been exposed. A close contact is someone you were within 6 feet of for at least 15 minutes within a 24 hour period during the infectious period.

If you have a positive COVID-19 test result and have symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), unless otherwise ordered, isolate at home and avoid contact with others until it has been:

  • At least 10 days after your first symptoms appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without using fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) and
  • Symptoms have improved

Note that all three criteria are required before release from isolation; if you have a positive COVID-19 test, but have no symptoms, stay in isolation for 10 days from the date the test was taken.

If you are negative but still feel sick, notify your healthcare provider (doctor) if your symptoms get worse, especially if you have trouble breathing. You may need to retest due to worsening symptoms.

Anyone who has been in close contact to someone with COVID-19 must still stay home for 14 days after last close contact since it can take that long to become sick.