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COVID-19 Guidance for Self Home Quarantine


Quarantine is an important way to stop the spread of COVID-19. It means staying home and away from others after you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you are a close contact to a person with COVID-19, you need to quarantine for 14 days from the time of the exposure. Close contact, generally, means you were within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes total while they were infectious. COVID-19 patients are considered infectious two days before their symptoms started, or two days before their positive test if they do not develop symptoms.

If you are a close contact, you need to quarantine even if you don’t feel sick and even if you have received a negative test for COVID-19.


The incubation period of the virus that causes COVID-19 is up to 14 days. Therefore, the quarantine period needs to last 14 days from the most recent exposure to the positive patient. If you are exposed again during quarantine, the 14-day period must start over again.

If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, you must follow the instructions for isolating yourself.


Additional Help:

For immediate sheltering needs for people who are homeless or displaced or cannot safely quarantine at home, please call (501) 661-2136. For all other issues, contact the ADH call center at (800) 803-7847.


SCENARIO 1: No additional exposures

I was exposed on August 1, entered into quarantine immediately and was not exposed again.

August 1 + 14 days = August 15 is last day of quarantine.

August 16 = return to work/school.


SCENARIO 2: Infected person in household

The positive patient started home isolation on August 1 and I can avoid close contact with them even though we live in the same residence. As long as close contact is avoided:

August 1 + 14 days = August 15 is last day of quarantine.

August 16 = return to work/school


SCENARIO 3: Infected person in household with second exposure

The positive patient started home isolation on August 1, but I had contact with them again on August 5. Because of the second exposure, the quarantine period restarts then.

August 5 + 14 days = August 19 is last day of quarantine.

August 20 = return to work/school.


SCENARIO 4: Infected person in household with repeated exposure

I cannot avoid continued contact with a positive patient whose isolation period ends on August 9. The quarantine period extends 14 days beyond when the positive patient has been cleared to end isolation.

August 9 + 14 days = August 23 is last day of quarantine.

August 24 = return to work/school.





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