If you are being tested for COVID because of an
are not vaccinated, your quarantine may end after 10 days if you do not develop symptoms.
If your negative test was collected on day 5 or 6 after exposure, your
quarantine may be as short as 7 days.
If you have had an
are vaccinated, no quarantine is necessary if you do not have symptoms.
If you have a positive test, your primary care provider will let you know
your results. Please direct questions regarding your care to your primary
care provider. Local public health departments are trying to contact all
positive cases, but
this may be delayed due to the amount of illness in the community.
If you have a positive COVID-19 test:
Watch for emergency warning signs:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
- If you have any emergency warning signs, call 911 or go to your nearest
ER. Notify them ahead of time that you have tested positive for COVID.
- Isolate at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started or the date
of your positive test.
- To end isolation: 10 days have passed since your symptoms started or positive
test AND you need to be fever free without the use of medication for 24
hours AND your symptoms greatly improved.
- If you have an impaired immune system or are severely ill, your isolation
time will be longer.
Call your close contacts.
- A close contact is anyone who you have been in contact with within 6 feet
for a total of 15 minutes (over a 24-hour period).
Please tell your close contacts:
- Seek testing 3-5 days after last close contact with you
- If the close contact is not fully vaccinated, they should quarantine at
home for 10 days after last close contact with you
- If the close contact is fully vaccinated, they should seek testing 3-5
days after last close contact with you, continue to wear a mask in public
places, and monitor for symptoms for the next 10 days.
Household members are considered close contacts.
If you can, isolate yourself away from household members. If you are isolated
away from unvaccinated household members, their quarantine starts on the
last day you were in close contact. If you are unable to isolate away
from unvaccinated household members, their quarantine extends to 10 days
past your isolation end date.
This may seem extreme but accounts for the incubation period of COVID-19
and constant exposure to positive people in the home.
Fully vaccinated household members do not need to quarantine if they have
- If you have school age children in the home, contact their school.
- Your local public health department will call you as soon as they are able.
Please answer your phone.
Hood River County Health Department 541-386-1115
North Central Public Health Department (Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam counties)
Klickitat County Health Department 509-773-4565 or 509-493-1558