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COVID-19: Recommendations for Discontinuing Home Isolation After Being Sick or Tested

Posted On: 4/1/2020
As time passes, many individuals will find themselves in the situation of having negative test results and/or no longer symptomatic. It is important for those individuals and their place of work to know what to do next. Midland Health will mirror the CDC Guidelines as it pertains to how to discontinue home isolation in these situations. 

People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions: 

If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
1. You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
2. other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
3. at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

If you tested positive for COVID-19, the decision to stop home isolation will be made on a case by case basis with the local health department.
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