Self-isolation of Persons with COVID-19
|All Orange County residents and visitors with COVID-19 shall immediately isolate themselves in their home or another residence. They may discontinue self-isolation under the following conditions:|
- At least 5 days have passed since symptom onset or positive test date; AND
- An FDA approved/authorized COVID-19 test (antigen testing is preferred) is negative on or after day 5 from symptom onset or positive test date;
- If symptomatic; AND
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND
- Other symptoms have improved (except that loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation); AND
- 10 Day Isolation Required: If a person with COVID-19 is either unable to test or chooses not to test, he or she shall isolate for 10 days from symptom onset.
All persons with COVID-19 should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around other people through at least day10 from symptom onset.
- A Person who is self-isolated may not leave his or her place of isolation except to receive necessary medical care.
- If a more specific and individualized isolation order is issued by the County Health Officer for any county resident, the resident shall follow the specific order instead of the order herein.
- People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay in self-isolation longer than 5 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. People with weakened immune systems should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.
SymptomsPeople with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The list above does not include all possible symptoms.
Self-Quarantine of Persons Exposed to COVID-19
|All Orange County residents and visitors who are not-up-to-date with vaccines (as defined below) and who know that they have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person who has, or is suspected to have, COVID-19 and who do not have any symptoms (as defined above) shall quarantine:|
For at least 5 days from the date of last contact with a person who has COVID-19, if:
No symptoms have developed; AND
An FDA approved/authorized COVID-19 test (antigen testing is preferred) is negative on or after day 5
All persons who are exposed to COVID-19 and who are not-up-to-date (as defined in left column) should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around other people through at least day 10 after most recent exposure.
|10 Day Quarantine Required: If a person who is exposed to COVID-19 and who is not-up-to-date (as defined below) is either unable to test or chooses not to test, he or she shall quarantine for 10 days after most recent exposure.|
Persons are considered not-up-to-date if they:
Are unvaccinated for COVID-19; OR
Have not completed a primary series with any COVID-19 vaccine; OR
Completed a primary series of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines more than six months ago and are not boosted; OR
Completed a primary series with Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine more than 2 months ago and are not boosted.
Exemptions from Quarantine
- Asymptomatic up-to-date Persons. Persons who are up-to-date (as defined above) prior to their close contact with a person with COVID-19 and have not developed any symptoms (as defined in the Isolation Section, above) since their exposure are not required to quarantine are not subject to the quarantine requirements in this Order.
Asymptomatic Persons Previously Infected. If an exposed person tested positive for COVID-19 before their new, recent close contact with a person with COVID-19 and it has been less than 3 months since they started having symptoms from that previous infection (or since their first positive COVID-19 test if asymptomatic), they do not need to quarantine, as long as they have not had any new symptoms since their recent exposure to COVID-19.
What to do if you learn of a POSITIVE COVID-19 test
If the person is an employee:The supervisor will tell the employee to stay home and they will gather the following information from the employee:
Steps to Take - links to document
If the person is a student:
The instructor will tell the student to stay home and they will gather the following information from the student:
Steps to Take - links to document
Documents and Resources:
Phillips Hall Covid 19 Performing Arts protocols 21/22
Covid Protocols - What to do and when (FPA)
Covid Contact Tracing Form