If you are concerned that you have symptoms of COVID-19 or that you have been exposed, contact your healthcare provider or nurse triage line. See options under the “Contact Medical or Insurance Providers” section below.
If you are directed to an emergency room or urgent care to be evaluated, call before going in. Please see the following information from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. When at home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom (if available).
How long you need to isolate will depend on your circumstances. See below.
If you think or know you had COVID-19 and had symptoms
You can be with others after
If you had severe COVID-19 illness (requiring hospitalization), you should remain isolated for at least 20 days (instead of 10 as indicated above).
If you tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after
SRHD does not recommend getting tested again to see if you still have COVID-19 after you have met the isolation requirements.
If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”
If you have fever with cough or shortness of breath but have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have not tested positive for COVID-19, you should stay home away from others until 24 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms get better. Learn more about testing positive.
Quarantine is the practice of separating someone who may have been exposed to a virus from other people to see if the person becomes sick. This helps prevent the spread of the virus before symptoms develop. A quarantine period is usually 14 days after the date you were last exposed to the person with COVID-19 when they were infectious. This could be longer for household members due to the possibility of repeated exposures. This is the period during which you could develop symptoms of COVID-19 based on your exposure to the case. During quarantine, it is important to avoid being in close contact with others.
Who should quarantine?
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. This includes people who previously had COVID-19 and people who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the virus.
What counts as close contact?
Stay home and monitor your health
Content adapted by materials created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For up-to-date information about COVID-19 insurance coverage in Washington State, please see the Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s coronavirus page.
If you recently lost healthcare coverage or currently do not have health insurance:
There may be options available to you through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Learn more.