*IMPORTANT NOTE: Olmsted County Public Health continues to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and their contacts. Individuals may receive a text, phone call and/or email from us. Please answer when we call or call us back at the number provided. In the meantime, you can help prevent further spread of COVID-19 and keep others safe and healthy.
Cases are asked to personally notify anyone they have had close contact with about their positive test result and direct their contacts to quarantine and follow the recommendations. This notification should be shared with any person you had contact with while they had symptoms AND during the 48 hours before symptoms developed or testing positive for COVID-19 if no symptoms.
1. Stay home and isolate immediately
- Separate yourself from others inside your home, including animals, as much as possible.
- Do not go to work, school, or other public areas.
- Avoid using public transportation.
- Restrict activities outside of your home, except to get medical care.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you can't wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Rub hands together until dry. Manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home
A person with COVID-19 is considered to be contagious starting from 2 days before they became sick (or 2 days before they tested positive if they never had symptoms) until all three of these things are true:
- You feel better and
- Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better and
- It has been 10 days since you first felt sick and You have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.
2. Let others know you are positive
- Figure out the calendar date of two days before your first symptoms. (For example, if your headache/fever started December 5, then write down the date December 3.)
- Write down everyone that you had contact with between the date you wrote down and now.
- Call these people and let them know you are COVID positive.
- Tell your employer, school, or child care center about your diagnosis, even if you didn't personally go to these places. (Someone in your household could be COVID-19 positive and not know it.)
- You can anonymously tell your close contacts by visiting TellYourContacts.org to send a text or email to those who need to know.
3. Avoid other people, even those in your household
- If you have to be around other people or pets, such as sharing a room or vehicle, or before entering a health care provider's office, wear a face covering or mask.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw away in a lined trashcan. Wash hands thoroughly afterward. Soap and water are best.
- Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes and glasses, or bedding.
- Clean all "high touch" surfaces every day, such as counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, phones, and keyboards.
4. Seek help if you need it
- If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. Notify dispatch that you have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Monitor your symptoms at home and call before visiting your doctor. If you have an appointment, please tell them you have tested positive for COVID-19.
- In general, people can stop isolating 10 days after their symptoms started if they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours and their symptoms are improving. The last day for isolation for someone who never had symptoms is 10 days after their positive test.
5. Complete the reporting form
Olmsted County Public Health needs this information to track the disease. With this information, we can help control the spread.
6. Your isolation is over when
You and those in your household who are COVID-19 positive have been fever-free for at least 24 hours, WITHOUT using medicine that reduces fevers.
Your other symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours.
At least 10 days have passed since you first had symptoms
if you have never had symptoms, the last day of isolation is 10 days after your positive test.