Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or been around someone who has? Are you wondering what to do next? This information should help answer those questions.
POSITIVE TEST (ISOLATION):
If you have symptoms and are awaiting your COVID-19 test results, begin isolating immediately. Isolation keeps sick people away from healthy people to stop sickness from spreading. For information from the Centers for Disease Control regarding isolation, click HERE. Our care packet is a great resource for understanding what you should do while on isolation.
Self isolation means
- You stay home unless you need medical care.
- Try to stay in a different room from other people in your house. If this is not possible, stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a mask.
- Try to use a different bathroom than the other people who live in your house.
- Clean surfaces that are touched often (phones, doorknobs, light switches, etc)
- Do not travel if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands with soap and water right after you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose.
- Wear a face mask if you have to be around other people.
You should stay isolated from other people until you have been:
- Fever-free and your symptoms have gotten better for at least 24 hours
- It has been at least 10 days since you first got sick
Due to the number of positive cases in our health district, the Bear River Health Department needs your help contacting those you have been in close contact with. Please use THIS WORKSHEET to identify your contacts and instructions for what to do next.
CLOSE CONTACT is defined by the CDC as: someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more during a 24 hour period. The infected person could have been symptomatic OR exposure could have been within 2 days prior to symptom onset.
PLEASE IDENTIFY AND NOTIFY THOSE WHO MEET THIS DEFINITION. They will need to begin quarantine.
The Bear River Health Department will continue to contact individuals who are deemed high risk by CDC Guidance and household members.
CLOSE CONTACT TO A POSITIVE CASE (QUARANTINE):
If you have been in close contact with a positive case, you need to begin quarantine.
Quarantine is for people who are not sick and don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19 but have been exposed to the virus. You need to quarantine for 10 DAYS. Alternatively, an individual in quarantine may be tested on day 7 of quarantine. If the test is negative and you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 you can end quarantine at 7 days instead of 10 days. If you live with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you must quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine keeps you away from others, so you don’t infect someone else. Our care packet is a great resource for understanding what you should do while on quarantine.
- You stay home for 10 days
- Limit the number of visitors to your home.
- Leave you house only if you have to or to get medical care.
- Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
- Clean surfaces that are touched often.
- Ask someone else to go to the store for you to get groceries or supplies.
Even if you are not sick or do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home from work, school, or church. Avoiding crowds protects you and your family.
If you do develop symptoms, please get tested for COVID-19. For a testing location near you, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please call us at 435.792.6531.