Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

In late December 2021, CDC shortened isolation and quarantine time. Read the original media statement and why the CDC made the change.

Did you test positive or were you exposed? In mid-January 2022, the Oregon Health Authority launched a webpage for people who want to voluntarily report their positive test. You can also get more information on how to isolate and keep those around you safe while you recover. If you prefer the phone, call toll-free 1-866-917-8881 if:

  • You want more health information.
  • You have questions about isolation or quarantine.
  • You have questions about telling your close contacts they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • You need to isolate and are worried about your ability to do that.

Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as you can find an appointment or an at-home test. Both are in short supply and you may not be able to get one for several days. If you are sick but cannot get a test, stay home and follow the isolation guidelines (below) as if you were positive for COVID-19.

If you test positive for COVID-19

  • Regardless of your vaccination status, isolate at home for five days. Separate from other family members, staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom if possible. 
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms have resolved after five days, you can leave your house. 
  • Continue to wear your mask around others for five additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves; this is without having taken medicine for 24 hours. 
  • You must also stay home until your other symptoms are improving. 
  • You DO NOT need to report your positive test results to Public Health

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have received your booster

  • You do not need to quarantine, but you should wear a mask around others for ten days.
  • Test on day five, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test as soon as possible and stay home. 

These guidelines also apply to those who are not yet eligible for a booster

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are eligible for a booster, but have not yet received it

  • Quarantine at home for five days.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for an additional five days.
  • If you can't quarantine, you must wear a mask for ten days.
  • Test on day five if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. 

More information

More instructions from Public Health on what to do if you have COVID-19 or have symptoms after an exposure: English/Spanish

If you work in a health care facility 

The CDC has specific return-to-work guidance for health care workers, long-term care facilities, adult family/foster homes and residential health care settings.

How to prevent home transmission

Watch the video below for helpful information to prevent virus spread in the home, including:

  • What to do if you can't easily separate from others
  • How to care for an ill person in the home

The CDC also has a helpful website that explains what to do if you are sick, and how to care for someone with COVID-19.