COVID-19: Have You or Someone You Know Been Diagnosed with COVID-19?

Have you had contact with someone who was diagnosed?

If you had contact with someone who does not live with you (like at work, school, or other contact), you may be at risk of infection depending on what type of contact you had with them.

Diagnosed case in your home?

If you live with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19, your local health department will contact you with instructions for what you should do. Because you are at high risk for getting COVID-19, you will be instructed to monitor yourself for symptoms and stay home (this is called “self-quarantine”).

  • If you are at higher risk for serious illness, you should find an alternative living arrangement separate from the sick family member, if possible.
  • Stay home. It is important that you avoid contact with others to avoid spreading the infection to others.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Check your temperature twice daily, and write down any symptoms you have (this is called "self-monitoring”). Your local health department will give you instructions if they want you to report your symptoms to them regularly through a phone call or email. What should I do if someone in my home is sick from COVID-19? includes a chart you can use to log your daily symptoms.
  • How long do I need to stay home and self-monitor? Since it may take up to 14 days for you to have symptoms after infection, you should self-quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days from:
  • What if someone else in my household gets sick? If someone who lives in your household gets sick and are unable to separate from others, all well members of your household need to extend their self-quarantine and self-monitoring for 14 days from the date the last person recovered from their illness.
  • What if I get sick? Call your doctor if you need medical care, and isolate yourself from other well members of the house, if possible. More can be found at: If you think you are sick.

Have you been diagnosed?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and are able to manage your symptoms at home, your local health department will contact you with instructions for what you should do. These instructions will include how to practice self-isolation and self-monitoring, and what your friends and family should do to protect themselves. See our What do I do if I am Diagnosed with COVID-19 flyer.

  • Stay home. It is important that you avoid contact with others (What should I do if I was tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results?). We now know that COVID-19 can be spread to others from two days BEFORE symptoms start to a few days after you recover; this is known as the “infectious period.” Because of this, you should remain in isolation for:
  • Monitor your symptoms. Seek medical care if your illness worsens or if you develop emergency warning signs.
  • Keep a list of people you had contact with while you were sick. Your local health department may contact you for a list of all the people you had contact with in the two days before you first felt sick up until after your symptoms resolved. This is called “contact tracing” and is one way public health authorities identify people who could have been infected. People in your family, and others you had close contact with, will be asked to stay home and monitor their symptoms to make sure they don’t get sick and infect others. More can be found at: CDC COVID-19: If you are sick or caring for someone.
  • Take steps to prevent others in your household from getting sick.
    • Separate yourself from other people in your home (this is called “home-isolation”).
    • Wear a face mask when you are around other people.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Clean your hands often.
    • Avoid sharing personal household items.
    • Clean high-touch surfaces everyday. See our Cleaning and Disinfecting flyer.

More can be found at: CDC COVID-19: Disinfecting your house.

Last Revised: March 31, 2020