In Los Angeles County, if you have COVID-19* you are required to:
*You are considered to have COVID-19, if you have a positive viral test for COVID-19 and/or a healthcare provider thinks that you have COVID-19.
Note: If you recently had COVID-19 (within the past 90 days) and you now have a new positive viral test for COVID-19 but you don’t have symptoms, talk with your doctor to see if you have COVID-19 again.
Please help slow the spread of COVID-19 by answering if you get a call from “LA PublicHealth” or 1-833-641-0305 (see Contact Tracing).
If you received a Los Angeles County Health Officer Order and have not yet had a contact tracing interview, you must call the number on the Order within 24 hours.
You must stay home and separate yourself from others until your home isolation ends.
When Does My Home Isolation End?
If you have symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 or if your doctor thinks* that you have COVID-19, you must stay home until:
If you test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms:
*If your doctor initially thought your symptoms were due to COVID-19 (and you did not test positive for COVID-19) but they reassessed your diagnosis and decided that you are not infected, you can stop isolating after 24 hours of being fever-free. But if you are a close contact to a person with COVID-19 you must follow the instructions in the “If you develop symptoms” section of the Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts webpage.
Note: If you have a condition that severely weakens your immune system you might need to stay home for longer than 10 days. Talk to your doctor for more information.
If you have a positive viral test result for COVID-19 you must tell your close contacts that they could be infected. They are required to quarantine unless they are exempt. Give them the Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts. They are available in multiple languages at ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine. Your close contacts must follow the instructions even if they feel well or are fully vaccinated.
A “close contact” is any of the following people who were exposed to you while you were infectious*:
*You are considered to be infectious (meaning you can spread COVID-19 to others) starting 2 days before your symptoms began until your isolation ends. If you test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms, you are considered to be infectious from 2 days before your test was taken until 10 days after your test.
Stay in touch with your doctor and seek medical care if your symptoms get worse. If you are age 65 years or older or have an underlying medical condition it is especially important to call your doctor as you may be at a higher risk of serious illness.
People with emergency warning signs should call 911. If it’s not urgent, call your doctor before visiting. You may be able to get advice by phone.
COVID-19 and self-isolation are stressful for people. Visit the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s COVID-19 webpage and the 211LA webpage (211la.org/resources/subcategory/mental-health) for local resources to address mental health & wellbeing needs and concerns. In addition, guidance and resources, including information on crisis hotlines, are also available on the CDC webpage Coping with Stress.
LA County residents have free access to Headspace. This is a collection of mindfulness and meditation resources in English and Spanish, as well as movement and sleep exercises to help manage stress, fear, and anxiety related to COVID-19.
If you need to speak with someone about your mental health, contact your doctor or the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Center 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-854-7771. If you need help finding healthcare, call the Los Angeles County Information line at 2-1-1. This number is available 24/7.
Follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to others in your home and your community.
See cleaning instructions in Preventing the spread of respiratory illness in the home.