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Isolation or Quarantine: What's the difference?

Isolation

Keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

Quarantine

Keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

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You Tested Positive & HAVE Symptoms

If you are symptomatic and have tested positive for COVID-19 then you must isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms began. To stop or discontinue isolation all of the following must be true:

You Tested Positive But Have NO Symptoms

If you have NO symptoms and have tested positive for COVID-19 then you must isolate for 10 days from the day you were tested.

  • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better AND
  • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick AND
  • You have had no fever for the last 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.

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Updated Quarantine Options

A 14-day quarantine remains the CDC's recommendation for the greatest protection against spreading virus that causes COVID-19. However, CDC has reviewed data and modeled the impact of a number of options for shortening quarantine. The safest option is to stay home and away from others for 14 days. In certain situations, you may end your quarantine after 10 days, or even seven days with a negative COVID-19 test result.

You cannot end your quarantine before seven days for any reason. For additional information: See the MN Dept of Health Website

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You Have Been Identified as a Close Contact: 14 day

It is possible to get COVID-19 up to 14 days after having contact with someone who has COVID-19. This is the best strategy to minimize the spread of COVID-19 to others.

You Have Been Identified as a Close Contact: 10 day

It is possible to get COVID-19 up to 14 days after having contact with someone who has COVID-19. A shortened quarantine period may be considered in the following situations:

  • Stay home for 14 days.
  • Do not go to work, school, or any other place outside the home.
  • In some specific situations, there may be options to shorten the quarantine period. See options to reduce quarantine in specific situations.

The 14 days begin the day after you last had contact with the person who has COVID-19.

If you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and are NOT having any symptoms,

  • The person had a one-time exposure to a case of COVID-19 that is NOT a household contact.
  • The person does NOT live or work in a high-risk setting, including a long-term care or assisted living facility, correctional facility, shelter or other congregate living facility.
  • The person does NOT work in a health care facility.
  • People who have traveled outside of Minnesota where quarantine is recommended by EO 20-99 (e.g., quarantine recommended for travel other than crossing borders for work, study, medical care, or personal safety and security).

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If you only quarantine for 10 days YOU MUST: Wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, wash hands, and avoid crowds or settings with people who are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. AND Watch for symptoms until 14 days after your last contact. If any symptoms occur, isolate from others right away and get tested.

The 10 days begin the day after you last had contact with the person who has COVID-19.

If you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and are NOT having any symptoms,

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7 Day Quarantine Rules

You May Consider a 7 Day Quarantine Only If:

  • You get tested for COVID-19 at least five full days after you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, and the test is negative.
  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it's hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even After 7 Days You Must Still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

Notice

IF YOUR SYMPTOMS GET WORSE, YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY BREATHING, OR YOU NEED MEDICAL CARE: Contact your health-care provider. Call ahead. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing (such as Uber or Lyft), or taxis if you need to go to a clinic or hospital.

If you need emergency medical attention any time during the isolation period, call 911 and let them know that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.