What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Isolation is the separation of people with COVID-19 from others.

Who needs to isolate?
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home. They should not go to work, school, or any other place outside the home. They should stay home until all three of these things are true:

  1. They feel better. Their cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better.
  2. It has been 10 days since they first felt sick.
  3. They have had no fever for the last 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.

How do you isolate?
Stay away from other people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if available.

Wear a facemask if you need to be around other people, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash hands thoroughly afterward.

Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share food, dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all frequently touched surfaces in your home daily, including door knobs, light switches, or faucets.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Quarantine is for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 because they were in close contact with someone with COVID-19. These people may or may not get sick. People in quarantine should stay home a for 14 days, limit their contact with other people, and monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19. Most people who are going to get sick will get sick within 2-14 days of exposure.

Who needs to quarantine?
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again.

What counts as close contact?
Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

How do I quarantine in my own home?
Stay away from other people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if available.

Wear a facemask if you need to be around other people, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash hands thoroughly afterward.

Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share food, dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all frequently touched surfaces in your home daily, including door knobs, light switches, or faucets.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

If I tested positive for COVID and my family member tested negative when does my family member need to start quarantine?
If you are unable to fully isolate yourself from your family members, their 14 day quarantine period would begin when your isolation period ends.

If my college student tests positive for COVID while at college, will it show up as a case for Roseau County?
No, this case will be counted in the state and/or county that they reside in during college unless they are isolating and living at home.

When should I get tested if I was exposed to someone with COVID-19?
It is recommended to wait at least 5-7 days unless you develop symptoms sooner.

Are positive cases being counted more than once?
No, cases are only counted once in our Roseau County totals.

My child was exposed to someone with COVID-19 and tested negative 7 days after the exposure, are they okay to go back to school?
NO, they need to finish the 14 day quarantine period prior to going back to school. There is NO TESTING OUT OF QUARANTINE.

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