What 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. Talk to a provider

If you or someone you live with feels ill or believes they may have COVID-19, the first step is to talk to a provider from the comfort and safety of your own home using your phone or computer. 

2. Stay home

If you or someone you live with tests positive for COVID-19, stay home. If ill, you should not leave your home except to receive medical care. Use separate rooms (and bathrooms) of your home to avoid contamination and spread.

3. Let others know

You may need to let your place of work, your child's school or daycare, or others that you've been around recently know that someone in your home has tested positive for COVID-19.

4. Disinfect surfaces

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

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

5. Use separate personal items

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

6. 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, contact your health care provider.

7. Use preventative actions

Continue to practice everyday preventative actions including:

  • Wearing a face mask
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Washing your hands frequently

8. 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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