Seven things to do if someone in your home has COVID-19

If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, know that there are precautions you should take. Be sure to follow all guidance from your health care provider and local department of public health.

Here are some steps to take:

1. Use separate rooms

If a household member is ill, that individual should stay and take their meals in a separate room away from others in the household to avoid contamination and spread.

2. Monitor your own health

When caring for a sick household member, remember to follow precautions and monitor your own health by checking your own temperature daily. If you reach a fever of 100.4º or higher, contact your health care provider.

3. Avoid sharing personal items

Use separate personal items like dishes, toothbrushes, and bedding from ill household members.

4. Stay at home

Do not leave your home. Let family or friends drop off food and supplies on your doorstep.

Some exceptions may apply for individuals who are identified as essential workers; talk with your employer if this is the case.

5. Use preventive actions

Continue to practice everyday preventive actions including wearing a face covering, social distancing, and frequently washing your hands.

6. Disinfect surfaces

Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and items every day. These include doorknobs, light switches, faucets, toilets, tables, and electronics.

7. Stay informed

Stay informed about the local and state outbreak situation by checking local, state, and national resources:

Last reviewed: 
November 2020

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