Quarantine & Isolation Instructions

General Public

CDPH Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public. Please note that California Residents need to follow the CDPH issued additional guidance from that of the updated CDC isolation and quarantine recommendations

Healthcare Personnel

Workplace Settings: Need to follow Cal/OSHA requirements pertaining to this new Isolation and Quarantine Guidance from CDPH

In the workplace, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard (PDF), and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.

Schools

For quarantine considerations in K-12 school settings, see CDPH K-12 Schools Guidance and CDPH K-12 testing strategies.

Isolation and Quarantine Recommendations for the General Public (not applicable to healthcare personnel)

Persons Who Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolation) 

Recommended Action

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms.

  • Stay home for at least 5 days.
  • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen* collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see Section below on masking for additional information)

*Antigen test preferred.

 

Persons Who are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine) 

Recommended Action

  • Unvaccinated**; OR 
  • Vaccinated and booster-eligible** but have not yet received their booster dose.

**Includes persons previously infected with SARS-CoV-2, including within the last 90 days.

(See Appendix for definition of booster-eligible)

 

  • Stay home for at least 5 days, after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Test on day 5.
  • Quarantine can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present and a diagnostic specimen collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see Section below on masking for additional information)
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.

 

Persons Who are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (No Quarantine) 

Recommended Action

  • Boosted; OR
  • Vaccinated, but not yet booster-eligible.

(See Appendix for definition of booster-eligible)

  • Test on day 5. 
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see Section below on masking for additional information)
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.