In Los Angeles County, if you have or are likely to have COVID-19* you are required to:
If you get a call from LA Public Health, please answer. The public health specialists are working to help slow the spread of COVID-19. They will ask you some questions, answer any questions you may have, and share information about resources or services (see Contact Tracing below).
*You are considered to have (or likely to have) COVID-19, if you have a positive diagnostic (swab or saliva) test for COVID-19 and/or were told by a doctor that you are likely to have COVID-19 and/or you have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath).
If you had symptoms, you must stay home until:
If you tested positive for COVID-19 but never had any symptoms:
*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 healthcare provider for more information.
Your close contacts need to know that they could be infected and need to quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with you. Give them the home quarantine instructions. They are available in multiple languages at ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine. Your close contacts must quarantine even if they feel well.
A “close contact” is any of the following people who were exposed to you while you were infectious*:
*You are considered to be infectious (you can spread COVID-19 to others) from 2 days before your symptoms first appeared until your home isolation ends. If you tested positive for COVID-19 but never had any symptoms, you are considered to be infectious from 2 days before your test was taken until 10 days after your test.
For information on caring for children with symptoms of COVID-19, see Guidance for the Care of Children with Symptoms of COVID-19.
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.
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 and FAQs for Caregivers.