Isolation Instructions if You Were Notified You are Positive for COVID-19

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Isolation Instructions if You Were Notified You are Positive for COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include cough, fever, upset stomach, headache, body aches, and/or loss of taste or smell.

Pick one of the three situations that fits you best and follow the instructions.

1.) You have symptoms of COVID-19 but you haven’t been hospitalized in an Intensive Care Unit, you aren’t currently getting chemotherapy, and you don’t have uncontrolled HIV.

Stay at home in isolation until all 3 of the following are met:

  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared; AND,
  • At least 1 day (24 hours) has passed since you no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication (like Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, or aspirin); AND,
  • Your symptoms have improved

2.) You have symptoms of COVID-19 and were hospitalized in an Intensive Care Unit, are currently getting chemotherapy, have uncontrolled HIV, or your doctor says you are severely immunocompromised.

Stay at home in isolation until all 3 of the following are met:

  • At least 20 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared; AND,
  • At least 1 day (24 hours) has passed since you no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication (like Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, or aspirin); AND
  • Your symptoms have improved

    3.) You have no symptoms of COVID-19.

    Stay at home in isolation until:

    • 10 days have passed since the date you got your positive COVID-19 test, as long as you don’t develop symptoms in the meantime.
    • If you do develop symptoms, then switch to the isolation instructions for those with symptoms. Your ten days of isolation at home will begin from the first day you have symptoms, not from the day you were tested.
    • Note: If you have a severe immunocompromising condition without symptoms, you must isolate 20 days from the date of you were tested.

    Instructions for people living in your house (they are considered close contacts).

    They should:

    • Remain at home and limit contact with other people for 14 days from the time your isolation period ends. This will likely end up being 24 days.  During this time, they should watch for fever and symptoms. If these occur, they should get tested right away. If there are no symptoms, they should wait 7 to 10 days after your positive test to get tested.

    Instructions for people you were around:

    You will also need to contact any people you were around for two days before your symptoms started or before the day you got your positive test if you don’t have symptoms. If there were any people who were within six feet of you for more than three minutes (even if you had masks on), you should tell them about your positive result and tell them to:

    • Remain at home and limit contact with other people for 14 days from the last day that you spent together. During this time, they should watch for fever and symptoms. If these occur, they should get tested right away. If there are no symptoms, they should wait 7 to 10 days after the last time they were together.

    Back to Work Guidance

    DOH does not recommend that employers require employees to provide proof of a negative test before they return to work because people can continue to test positive even though they are no longer able to infect others. Learn more here: https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-screening-and-testing/return-to-work/

    After you have gone through these steps and picked the situation that best fits you, if you still have questions, you can call the hotline at 1-855-600-3453. Keep in mind that due to extremely high call volume, you may be on hold for up to one hour.

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