I live with/was a close contact to someone who has been advised to quarantine

You are okay to continue working while someone you live with or someone you were a close contact with was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual you live with or was a close contact with is recommended to quarantine, but you are not, unless you or a "close contact" or live with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Example Scenario

If you live with Jill, and Jill was a close contact with Sam who tested positive, Jill needs to quarantine at home, but the rest of Jill's household (including you) does not. During Jill's 14 day quarantine, if she begins to develop symptoms, then Jill needs to isolate from others in her household and be tested (it's recommended at least 5 days from last exposure to COVID-19). If Jill tests positive, then Jill's household needs to quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure from Jill inside their house.

If isolation is not possible, then Jill's household will begin their quarantine from when she tested positive and for 14 days after the end of Jill's 14-day quarantine.

If you begin to feel symptoms or someone in your household or contact tests positive, see more information on: I have been advised to quarantine.

What is the Difference Between Isolation and Quarantine?

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

This video produced by the CDC may help clarify the differences.

Definitions

Close contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person (regardless of wearing a mask or other PPE) for at least 15 cumulative minutes Keep in mind the minutes of close contact add up; being within six feet for three, 5-minute periods would make someone a close contact. Can occur starting 2 days before positive test or illness onset, whichever occurred first. 

Quarantine: To separate and restrict the movement of a person who was exposed to COVID-19 in case they become sick. Most people start their quarantine when they find out about their exposure and can end their quarantine 14 days after the last time they were with the person with COVID-19.

Isolation: To separate a sick person with COVID-19 from people who are not sick. People can end isolation when the following criteria are met: They have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications) Their other symptoms have improved It has been at least 10 days since their symptom onset.

Quick Answers

The advice we've found is that you will stay home until test results are received. Refer to  "Quick Answers" below once test results are received. 

From what we've read, you should stay home until all of the following apply:

  1. You have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications)
  2. Your other symptoms have improved.
  3. It has been at least 10 days since your symptom onset. A doctor's note or Public Health release is not required to return to work.

The advice we've seen id that you need to stay home and monitor for symptoms. If you have no symptoms, you can return 10 days after you were tested.

If during the 10 days you become symptomatic, then you must continue to stay home for at least 10 more days from the date of the symptom onset and meet all the following before returning to work

  1. You have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications)
  2. Your other symptoms have improved.
  3. It has been at least 10 days since your symptom onset. A doctor's note or Public Health release is not required to return to work.

You do not have COVID-19.

You should follow standard employee illness protocols for returning to work, such as 24 hours fever-free, or 2 days after last episode of vomiting or diarrhea, or when on antibiotics for at least 24 hours, or as approved to work by a doctor. A doctor’s note may be required to return to work based on medical condition and business illness policy.