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Quarantine or Isolation: What's the Difference?

Notice:

The University's Quarantine and Isolation guidelines are in alignment with the updated Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's guidance for Institutes of Higher Education. Student Health Center staff members are University officials, and their directions must be followed. Please strictly adhere to all guidance provided.


 

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Quarantine Requirements Explained

Are you a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case and not sure whether you need to quarantine? Get the information you need on Pepperdine's quarantine requirements with these helpful infographics. 


Quarantine

Quarantine is used to separate someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 and may develop illness away from other people. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they have the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 10 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of increasing the spread of the virus. Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions.

In Los Angeles County, if you have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 you are required* to:

  1. Quarantine (you do not need to quarantine if you are exempt*)
    • You must quarantine (stay home and away from others).
    • You can end quarantine after Day 5 if you have no symptoms and you have a negative diagnostic test that was collected on Day 5 or later.
    • If you do not test, you can end quarantine on Day 10 as long as you do not have symptoms.
      • Note: Day 0 is the day of your last contact (exposure) with the infected person. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure.
  2. Test
    • You should test immediately. If your test is negative, you should test again on Day 5 after your last exposure.
    • If either test is positive, you must isolate immediately.
  3. Monitor Your Health
    • Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after your last exposure.
    • If you develop symptoms, you must isolate and test immediately.
      • If your test is positive, continue to isolate. Your isolation period begins the day that your symptoms start.
      • If your test is negative, you can leave home once you have completed your quarantine period and you have been fever-free for 24 hours.
  4. Wear a Mask
    • Wear a well-fitting mask while around others (indoors and outdoors) for 10 days after your last exposure.
      • Adults should wear a well-fitting medical-grade mask (surgical or respirator).
      • Children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.

*You are not required to quarantine (you are exempt) if you do not have symptoms and you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines. This means that you are either fully vaccinated and boosted or you are fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster. Even if you do not need to quarantine, you still must adhere to the other requirements: test, monitor your health, and wear a mask.

Quarantine FAQs

 What is a close contact?

You are a “close contact” if you were exposed to someone who tested positive* for COVID-19 while they were infectious if:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • You had unprotected contact with body fluids and/or secretions from someone with COVID-19. For example, you were coughed or sneezed on, you shared a drinking cup or eating utensils, you kissed, or you provided care to them without wearing the right protective equipment.

*Tested positive means they had a positive COVID-19 viral test.

An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet the criteria for ending isolation.

 How long do I have to quarantine?

If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must quarantine for 5 full days from your last contact with the infected person*. You can end quarantine after Day 5 if you have no symptoms and you have a negative diagnostic test that was collected on Day 5 or later. If you do not test, you can end quarantine on Day 10 as long as you do not have symptoms. Note: Day 0 is the day of your last contact (exposure) with the infected person. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure.

  • Be extra careful. Wear a well-fitting mask while around others, indoors and outdoors for 10 days after your last exposure.
    • Adults should wear a well-fitting medical-grade mask (surgical or respirator).
    • Children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.
  • Keep checking for COVID-19 symptoms every day. Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after your last exposure. If you develop symptoms, you must isolate and test immediately.
    • If your test is positive, continue to isolate.
    • If your test is negative, you can leave home once you have completed your quarantine period and you have been fever-free for 24 hours.

*If you received a Quarantine Order and you do not know when you were exposed to the infected person, use the date the order was issued as the date of your last contact with the infected person.

 What are the restrictions during quarantine?

To prevent you from spreading COVID-19, you must restrict activities and limit actions that may put you in contact with others.

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Only leave your place of quarantine to get medical care and do not allow non-essential visitors.
  • Separate yourself from others in your home (unless they are also in quarantine). If you need to be in the same room as other household members, in addition to wearing your mask:
    • Keep 6 feet away. If you have to share a room, try setting up the room so that you can stay 6 feet apart, if possible. It is important to stay away from people who are not fully vaccinated and those who are at higher risk of serious illness.
    • Open windows to outdoor air (if safe to do so) to improve ventilation or use air filters and exhaust fans.
    • Use a separate bathroom. If this is not possible, disinfect the bathroom after use.
  • Do not make or serve food to others, if possible. If there is no one else to prepare and serve food, then be sure to wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
  • Clean or disinfect high-touch surfaces often, especially if you must share spaces with other household members.

 What steps should I take when getting medical care or COVID-19 testing?

  • Wear a mask. If possible, choose a mask that has multiple layers and a snug fit and consider double masking.
  • Use a private car if possible. If you cannot drive yourself, be sure to keep as much distance as possible between you and the driver and leave the windows down. You should not use public transportation.

 Should I get tested for COVID-19?

You should test immediately.

  • If your test is negative, you should test again on Day 5 after your last exposure.
  • If your test is positive, you must isolate immediately.

To get a test, call your doctor or the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3. When you go get tested, follow the testing center instructions and wear a mask so you do not infect other people.

If your test result is positive:

  • You have COVID-19.
  • You need to isolate.
  • You need to contact the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3 for further instructions.

If your test result is negative:

  • You may still be infected, but it is too early to show on the test.
  • You may need to stay in quarantine for 5 days after you last had close contact with the person with COVID-19.
  • Monitor your symptoms.

 What if I develop symptoms?

If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.

 What if I am fully vaccinated?

You are not required to quarantine (you are exempt) if you do not have symptoms and you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines. This means that you are either fully vaccinated and boosted or you are fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster.

 Policy for Student Quarantine on Campus

The purpose of this policy is

  • To ensure that patient safety, privacy and dignity are protected while under investigation for possible diagnosis of COVID-19
  • To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to all students, faculty, and staff
  • To document a shared understanding among all Pepperdine students in quarantine regarding the importance of reducing the risk of campus-wide exposure

Policy

  1. A student will be placed in quarantine if deemed necessary by medical staff due to exposure to a known COVID-19 positive case or due to suspected COVID-19 illness.
  2. Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the student in quarantine and/or their health status. However, in circumstances of public health and the need to recruit University staff to aid in caring for the quarantined student, complete confidentiality may not be able to be maintained.
  3. Students are required to complete the Isolation or Quarantine Followup Form daily by noon (symptom checklist). Students will be contacted within 24 hours if a call is requested on that Followup form. Students, staff, and faculty are expected to answer phone calls when contacted, promptly return missed calls, and read all messages.
  4. Students in quarantine will be given instructions concerning how to take care of their health, signs and symptoms to watch for, and when to call for further medical assistance or evaluation. Once again, students are required to complete daily, by noon, a symptom checklist provided by the Student Health Center.
  5. For quarantine purposes, a student will be moved to a previously identified appropriate location on campus. It is possible that a student could be moved again depending on the student's situation and other campus needs.
  6. Students in quarantine must remain in their room or quarantine space unless they have a life-threatening medical emergency or prior authorization from Student Health Center staff. This includes not being able to attend class, work, internships, research labs, gatherings of any size in shared spaces with others, or to retrieve items from their car or dorm room. Use of public transportation, carpooling, or ridesharing while in quarantine or in order to get to the quarantine location unless authorized by Pepperdine staff is strictly prohibited. All needed resources including food, toiletries, and items related to academics will be brought to their room and placed outside of their door. Students will not be allowed to open the door and retrieve items until the area is clear of additional persons.
  7. While in quarantine, no guests will be allowed in the student's room. All windows are to remain closed and locked at all times if the student is located on the ground floor to minimize the risk of exposure to public spaces, unless in the event of an emergency. Students located in quarantine rooms above the ground floor may open their windows.
  8. Students are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their room and bathroom. Cleaning supplies will be provided for students to use to wipe down surfaces. Any accumulated garbage or recyclables that are unable to remain in the student's room for the duration of their stay are to be placed in a bag outside of the student's room for collection.
  9. If at any time a medical or other Pepperdine professional must enter the room, the student will be given specific directions regarding masks or distances that may be required.
  10. Facilities staff should not have contact with the quarantined student. If a Facilities staff member enters an area where students are in quarantine in error, the student should identify themselves as a quarantined student.

University staff will do all that they can to make quarantine arrangements as comfortable as possible. The Resident Director will make sure students are connected to campus resources (via phone) and that needed items are delivered. To contact the Resident Director on Duty, contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 310.506.4442.

 Policy for Student Quarantine off Campus

The purpose of this policy is

  • To ensure that patient safety, privacy, and dignity are protected while under investigation for possible diagnosis of COVID-19
  • To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to all students, faculty, and staff
  • To document a shared understanding among all Pepperdine students recommended to self-quarantine regarding the importance of reducing the risk of exposure to others

Policy

  1. A student will be placed in quarantine if deemed necessary by medical staff after exposure to a known COVID-19 case or due to suspected COVID-19 illness.
  2. Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the student in quarantine and/or their health status. However, in circumstances of public health and the need to recruit University staff to aid in caring for the quarantined student, complete confidentiality may not be able to be maintained.
  3. Students are required to complete the Isolation or Quarantine Followup form daily by noon (symptom checklist). Students will be contacted within 24 hours if a call is requested on that Followup form. Students, staff, and faculty are expected to answer phone calls when contacted, promptly return missed calls, and read all messages.
  4. While in quarantine, a student must remain in their own home, rental apartment, or appropriate quarantine space in which they ideally will have their own room and bathroom. All windows on the ground floor are to remain shut and locked at all times if they open to a public or shared space. Use of public transportation, carpooling, or ridesharing while in quarantine or in order to get to quarantine unless authorized by Pepperdine staff is strictly prohibited.
  5. While in quarantine, students must remain in their room or quarantine space and not allow people or pets to enter their room. If it is necessary for students to access common areas, wear a face mask and practice social distancing of at least six feet if other people or pets share the area.
  6. While in quarantine, students will not be allowed to attend classes at any of the Pepperdine University campuses as well as work internships, research labs, or gatherings of any size in public or shared spaces with others.
  7. While in quarantine, students are encouraged to monitor their symptoms daily and seek prompt medical attention if their illness is worsening. Once again, students are required to complete daily, by noon, a symptom checklist provided by the Student Health Center.

Education

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items, including dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces every day, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product.
  • If you have a medical appointment, contact the healthcare provider before arriving at the clinic and tell them you are under investigation for COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel you are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific "sick room" or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

In Los Angeles County, if you have COVID-19* you are required to:

  1. Isolate yourself, and
  2. Wear a mask indoors and outdoors for 10 days, and
  3. Tell your close contacts that they have been exposed and need to follow instructions for close contacts (if you have a positive viral test)

*You are considered to have COVID-19 if you have a positive viral test for COVID-19 and/or a health care clinician thinks that you have COVID-19.

Note: If you recently had COVID-19 (within the past 90 days) and you now have a new positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 but you do not have symptoms, talk with your doctor to see if you have COVID-19 again.

Isolation FAQs

 What does isolation involve?

You must stay home and separate yourself from others until your isolation ends.

  • Stay away from household members.
  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • If you must leave home to get essential medical care, drive yourself, if possible. If you cannot drive yourself, keep as much distance as possible between you and the driver and others (e.g., sit in the back seat), leave the windows down, and wear a mask.
  • If someone from outside your household is shopping for you, ask them to leave the food and other supplies at your door, if possible. Pick them up after the person has left.
  • Do not use public transportation, including airplane flights, carpooling, or ridesharing during isolation or in order to get to your isolation location.

 When does my isolation end?

If you have symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 or if your doctor thinks* that you have COVID-19:

You must stay home until:

  • At least 5 days have passed since your symptoms first started, and
  • You have a negative viral COVID-19 test collected on day 5 or later, and
  • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, and
  • Your symptoms are improving

-OR-

You must stay home until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first started, and
  • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, and
  • Your symptoms are improving

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed. If symptoms worsen after improving, individuals should return to isolation until they have not had a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours and other symptoms improve.

*If your doctor initially thought your symptoms were due to COVID-19 (and you did not test positive for COVID-19) but they reassessed your diagnosis and decided that you are not infected, you can stop isolating after 24 hours of being fever-free. But if you are a close contact to a person with COVID-19, you must follow the instructions in the "what if I develop symptoms" FAQ of the Quarantine section.

Note: If you have a condition that severely weakens your immune system, you might need to stay home for longer than 10 days. Talk to your doctor for more information.


If you test positive for COVID-19 and you never develop symptoms:

You must stay home until:

  • At least 5 days have passed the day your initial positive test was taken and
  • You have a negative viral COVID-19 test collected on day 5 or later

 -OR-

  • You must stay home for 10 days after your initial positive test was taken

Day 0 is the day your positive test was taken. Day 1 is the first full day after your positive test was taken.  If symptoms develop within the 10-day period, follow the symptomatic isolation guidelines above.

Note: If you have a condition that severely weakens your immune system you might need to stay home for longer than 10 days. Talk to your doctor for more information.

 How can I protect others?

Follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to others in your home and your community.

Separate yourself from others in your home
  • If you need to be in the same room as other people, set it up so that you can stay 6 feet apart if possible. It is important to stay away from people who are at higher risk of serious illness.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth if you must be around others.
  • Use a separate bathroom. If this is not possible, disinfect the bathroom after use (see cleaning information below).
  • Open windows or use a fan or an air conditioner in shared spaces in the home.
  • Do not allow non-essential visitors.
  • Do not handle pets or other animals.
  • Anyone who continues to be in close contact with you will need to stay in quarantine for longer
Wear a mask indoors and outdoors for 10 days
  • You must wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth when you are around others, indoors and outdoors, for a total of 10 days. This includes around household members.

    • Adults should wear a well-fitting medical-grade mask (surgical or respirator).

    • Children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.

Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can after each use. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after you cough or sneeze.
Avoid sharing food or personal household items
  • Do not prepare or serve food to others, if possible.
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • Make sure to wash your dishes, drinking glasses, and eating utensils with soap and water after each use.
Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; before eating or preparing food; and after touching your face mask or cover. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub hands together for 30 seconds until they feel dry. Use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Clean and disinfect all "high-touch" surfaces every day
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces e.g. counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
  • Clean and disinfect any surfaces that may have body fluids on them.
  • Use household cleaning and disinfectant sprays or wipes. Be sure to follow the product label instructions.
  • If caregivers and household contacts clean or come into contact with your body fluids or secretions (such as sweat, saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine, or diarrhea) they should wear a disposable facemask and gloves. After cleaning, they should remove and dispose of their gloves first, clean their hands, then remove and dispose of their facemask, and clean their hands again.

See cleaning instructions in preventing the spread of respiratory illness in the home.

 When do I need to seek medical care?

Home Care

Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home. Here are steps that you can take to help you get better:

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take over-the-counter medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to reduce fever and pain. Note that children younger than age 2 should not be given any over-the-counter cold medications without first speaking with a doctor.

Seeking Medical Care

Stay in touch with your doctor and seek medical care if your symptoms get worse. If you are age 65 years or older or have an underlying medical condition, it is especially important to call your doctor as you may be at a higher risk of serious illness. Medicines are now available to treat people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at risk for progression to severe COVID-19. For more information, talk to your doctor.

Call 911 if there are emergency warning signs:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pressure or pain in chest
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Confused or hard to wake
  • Other serious symptoms

People with emergency warning signs should call 911. If it is not urgent, call your doctor before visiting. You may be able to get advice by phone.

 Policy for Student Isolation on Campus

The purpose of this policy is

  • To ensure that patient safety, privacy, and dignity are protected throughout the duration of a diagnosed or suspected COVID-19 illness
  • To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to all students, faculty, and staff.
  • To document a shared understanding among all Pepperdine students in isolation regarding the importance of reducing the risk of campus-wide exposure

Policy

  1. A student will be placed in isolation if deemed necessary by medical staff due to a positive diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.
  2. Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the student in isolation and/or their health status. However, in circumstances of public health and the need to recruit University staff to aid in caring for the isolated student, complete confidentiality may not be able to be maintained.
  3. Students are required to complete the Isolation or Quarantine Followup Form daily by noon (symptom checklist). Students will be contacted within 24 hours if a call is requested on that Followup form. Students, staff, and faculty are expected to answer phone calls when contacted, promptly return missed calls, and read all messages.
  4. Students in isolation will be given instructions concerning how to take care of their health, signs, and symptoms to monitor, and when to call for further medical assistance or evaluation. Once again, students are required to daily, by noon, complete a symptom checklist provided by the Student Health Center.
  5. For isolation purposes, a student will be moved to a previously identified appropriate location on campus. It is possible that a student could be moved again depending on the student's situation and other campus needs.
  6. Students in isolation must remain in their room unless they have a life-threatening medical emergency or prior authorization from Student Health Center staff. This includes not being able to attend class, work, internships, research labs, or gatherings of any size in shared spaces with others or to retrieve items from their car or dorm room. Use of public transportation, carpooling, or ridesharing while in isolation or in order to get to the isolation location is strictly prohibited unless authorized by Pepperdine staff. All needed resources including food, toiletries, and items related to academics will be brought to their room and placed outside of their door. Students will not be allowed to open the door and retrieve items until the area is clear of additional persons.
  7. While in isolation, no guests will be allowed in the student's room. All windows are to remain closed and locked at all times if the student is located on the ground floor to minimize the risk of exposure to public spaces, unless in the event of an emergency. Students located in isolation rooms above the ground floor may open their windows.
  8. Students are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their room and bathroom. Cleaning supplies will be provided for students to use to wipe down surfaces. Any accumulated garbage or recyclables that are unable to remain in the student's room for the duration of their stay are to be placed in a bag outside of the student's room for collection.
  9. If at any time a medical or other Pepperdine professional must enter the room, the student will be given specific directions regarding masks or distances that may be required.
  10. Facilities staff should not have contact with the isolated student. If a Facilities staff member enters an area where students are in isolation in error, the student should identify themselves as an isolated student.

University staff will do all that they can to make isolation arrangements as comfortable as possible. The Resident Director will make sure students are connected to campus resources (via phone) and that needed items are delivered. To contact the Resident Director on Duty, call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 310.506.4442 and ask for the Resident Director on Duty.

 Policy for Student Isolation off Campus

The purpose of this policy is

  • To ensure that patient safety, privacy, and dignity are protected throughout the duration of a diagnosed or suspected COVID-19 illness
  • To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to all students, faculty, and staff
  • To document a shared understanding among all Pepperdine students in isolation regarding the importance of reducing the risk of campus-wide exposure

Policy

  1. A student will be placed in isolation if deemed necessary by medical staff due to a positive diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.
  2. Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the student in isolation and/or their health status. However, in circumstances of public health and the need to recruit University staff to aid in caring for the isolated student, complete confidentiality may not be able to be maintained.
  3. Students are required to complete the Isolation or Quarantine Followup form daily by 12 noon. Students will be contacted within 24 hours if a call is requested on the Followup form. Students, staff, and faculty are expected to answer phone calls when contacted, promptly return missed calls, and read all messages sent to them.
  4. While in isolation, a student must remain in their own home, rental apartment, or other appropriate isolation location in which they ideally will have their own room and bathroom. All windows on the ground floor are to remain shut and locked at all times if they open to a public or shared space. Use of public transportation, carpooling, or ridesharing is strictly prohibited while in isolation or to get to the isolation location.
  5. While in isolation, students must remain in their room or isolation location and not allow people or pets to enter their isolation space. If it is necessary for students to access common areas, wear a face mask and practice social distancing of at least six feet if other people or pets share the area.
  6. While in isolation, students will not be allowed to attend classes at any of the Pepperdine University campuses as well as work internships, research labs, or gatherings of any size in public or shared spaces with others.
  7. While in isolation, students are encouraged to monitor their symptoms daily and seek prompt medical attention if their illness is worsening. Once again, students are required to complete daily, by noon, a symptom checklist provided by the Student Health Center.

Education

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items, including dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces every day, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product.
  • If you have a medical appointment, contact the healthcare provider before arriving at the clinic and tell them you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.