Public Health issues guidance on quarantine and isolation

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) reminds patients who are waiting for COVID-19 test results to remain in quarantine until they receive their results.

This means that patients should limit their activities in public to only essential activities, such as obtaining groceries or seeking medical attention, and should not have any visitors or visit other households or public places until results are returned.

What to do if your results are:

Positive.

For patients who are asymptomatic or with mild to moderate symptoms: Isolate yourself from others in your home. Make sure you are in a separate room with its own bathroom and that you do not share this space with others. It’s important that you avoid contact with other people in your home. DPHSS will contact you to discuss options for isolation and explain the next steps.

For patients who are severely ill: Advise your physician or DPHSS nurse of your symptoms or call 911. It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Negative.

If you were identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive patient, you are still advised to remain in quarantine for the remainder of the 14-day quarantine period.

If you were not identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive patient and are symptomatic, you should consult with your physician or medical provider on the next steps.

If you were not identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive patient and you are not symptomatic then you may return to your normal activities.

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