When to end home isolation

If you tested positive for COVID-19: You must self-isolate for 5 days after your test was collected. If you do not have symptoms at that time or your symptoms are resolving, you may leave isolation but must continue to wear a mask when around others for 5 more days. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever goes away.

If you have symptoms but have not been tested for COVID-19: If you have fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please get tested. You should isolate away from others while you are waiting for your test result. If you do not get tested you should isolate for 5 days after your symptoms began, and until it has been at least 24 hours since you had a fever (without taking fever-reducing medicines like Tylenol or ibuprofen) and your other symptoms have improved. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 more days.

After your isolation period you should continue to limit your contact with others as much as possible, and always wear a face mask when you are around people who do not live with you. 

When to end home quarantine

If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you may be required  (per NAC 441A.280) to maintain quarantine (stay home and away from others) as outlined below.

  • People who are unvaccinated should quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use around others for 5 more days.
  • People who are more than six months out from their last dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or more than two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and have not yet received a booster dose should quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use around others for 5 more days. If a 5-day quarantine is not possible, the exposed person must wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days.
  • Individuals who have received a booster dose do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask around others for 10 days.

After exposure to someone with COVID-19, it is recommended to get tested 5 days after exposure. If symptoms develop at any time, you should immediately quarantine until a negative test result determines your symptoms are not related to COVID-19.

After your quarantine period you should continue to limit your contact with others as much as possible, and always wear a face mask when you are around people who do not live with you.