If you test positive for COVID-19…
There are now many testing sites offering COVID-19 testing, but not all call or contact you with the results. If you get tested for COVID-19, presume that you are positive until you hear the results.
If the COVID-19 test is positive, stay isolated from other family members and pets. Use a separate room if possible and drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated.
Check with your provider but return to work may be contemplated if quarantine has been in effect for 10 days and the temperature has been below 100 degrees Fahrenheit for 72 hours WITHOUT the use of Tylenol. Tylenol may be used for aches and/or fever. If shortness of breath occurs or chest pressure is worrisome, go to the Emergency Room.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and your employer requires testing to return to work, you will need:
- To have two negative COVID-19 tests, collected at least 24 hours apart, AND have improvement of [respiratory] symptoms, AND be free of a fever without using fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Advil for 72 consecutive hours.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and testing is not required by your employer, you will need:
- To have 10 days pass since you first developed symptoms, AND have improvement of [respiratory] symptoms, AND be free of a fever without using fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Advil for 72 consecutive hours.
Here are some helpful CDC links with additional information:
What to do if you’re sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
What to do if someone in your family is sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html
What is quarantine or isolation? https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine-isolation.html
When can my quarantine end? https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html