Isolation Guidance

Updated 11/28/2022

Based on what we know about COVID-19 and the variants, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority have adjusted the recommended time for isolation for the public. This change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of COVID-19 transmissions generally occur 1-2 days prior to the onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. These new recommendations can be different depending on a few factors, such as your vaccination status, whether or not you have symptoms, and if you have tested positive. 

If you test positive for COVID-19:

Isolate at home. Stay away from others who have not tested positive, including people in your own household.

  • If you’re sick, isolate for 5 days from when you started feeling sick AND make sure your fever is gone for 24 hours, without the help of medicine, before being around others.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, isolate for 5 days from the day you were tested.
  • If you are sick, take care of yourself, and keep in touch with your clinic or medical provider if your symptoms get worse.

For more information, please read:

Tell your close contacts right away

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you can help slow the spread by telling those you’ve been in close contact with right away. Close contact means spending 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of someone with or without a mask in any single day.

  • If you had or have symptoms: Contact the people you were in close contact with beginning 2 days before your symptoms began.
  • If you did not or do not have symptoms: Contact the people you were in close contact with beginning 2 days before you took your COVID-19 test.

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Oregon Health Authority Online Resource and COVID Hotline

The Oregon Health Authority has launched a new website that includes what to do if you test positive, if you have been exposed, and how to seek resources if you’re isolating at home and need support.  The website also includes a voluntary survey for people who’ve tested positive to help OHA and the larger community understand how and where the virus is spreading. Learn more.

Available on the website:

  • Information about how to isolate
  • An optional survey for those who have tested positive, available in 12 languages
  • A phone number to speak with a trained professional

Call 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 the ability to do so