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woman coughingUpdated July 29, 2021

The practice of self-isolation and quarantine helps protect the public and your family by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

Self isolation definition: Isolation refers to the separation of a confirmed COVID-positive individual from people who are not sick.

Quarantine definition: A quarantine is when an exposed or at risk individual is separated/restricted from others to see if she/he is confirmed infected from test results.

People who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and live with other people are strongly encouraged to self-isolate in a room away from everyone else in the house. This practice can be very disruptive to our daily lives but it is critical in helping contain the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC states that quarantine is not required for a person who is fully vaccinated if they are exposed to a COVID-19 case.  If you are unvaccinated, you must quarantine for 10 days as long as you don’t have symptoms.

For more information on quarantine and self isolation, please visit the CDC’s website.