This guidance is for people who were in close contact with someone with Coronavirus Disease 2019.
If you are a health care worker or first responder, please refer to guidance from your employer.
You have been in close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 (“infected person”) and even though you feel well now, it is possible that you are also infected. It can take 2 – 14 days to show symptoms, so you may not know for up to 14 days if you are infected or not. You have been asked to self-quarantine (separate from others) in case you are infected so that you don’t pass on the infection to anyone else. It may turn out that you are not infected but it is too soon to tell.
The term “close contact” applies to all household members, intimate contacts, caregivers, and individuals with any of the following exposures to an “infected person” while they were infectious*:
*An infected person is considered to be infectious from 48 hours before their symptoms first appeared (or from the date of their positive lab test if they did not have symptoms) until they are no longer required to be isolated (as described in Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19).
If you do not have symptoms, there is no need to get tested. But if you have been tested and your test is negative, you still need to stay in quarantine for the full 14 days. If your test is positive, you need to follow the Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19.
To prevent you from possibly spreading COVID-19 to uninfected people, you must restrict activities and limit all movements that may put you in contact with others during the quarantine period.
If your workplace or school needs to know that you are in home quarantine you will need to tell them. Public Health will not notify or release any personal information about you to your workplace or school unless it is necessary to do so to protect your health or the health of others.
Infants and children under the age of 2 should not wear cloth face coverings. Children between the ages of 2 and 8 should use them but under adult supervision to ensure that the child can breathe safely and avoid choking or suffocation. A mask or cloth face cover should not be placed on anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove it without assistance. See Guidance for Cloth Facing Coverings for more information.
You will need to stay in quarantine for 14 days from the date that you last had close contact with an infected person. See “Length of quarantine period” on page 1 for the definition of close contact and the examples below to learn how to calculate the last date in your quarantine period.
Visit our website publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ for more information and guidance. Please call your health care provider for any questions related to your health. If you need help finding a health care provider, call 2-1-1, the County information line.