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What to do if you have COVID-19
Follow the self-isolation instructions if you have tested positive for COVID-19. This includes identifying your close contacts and notifying them to self-quarantine.
If you have had symptoms, you may return to work or school when at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without use of fever-reducing medications), AND other symptoms have improved.
If you never develop symptoms, you may return to work or school 10 days after the date of your first positive test.
What to do if you had contact with someone who has COVID-19
Follow the self-quarantine instructions if you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
You may return to work or school 10* days after your last exposure if you have no symptoms.
However, vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria†:
Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
There may be instances when you are advised by your medical provider to self-quarantine at home due to possible exposure.
Follow the self-isolation instructions if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
Follow the self-quarantine instructions and quarantine order if you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.
In adults, emergency warning signs* include:
If you were directed to care for yourself at home due to COVID-19 symptoms, or suspected that you had coronavirus and were self-isolating, when can isolation end?
If you were exposed to a person with coronavirus and you are in self--quarantine, you may discontinue under the following conditions:
Check out these easy resources to determine when you can release from self-isolation or self-quarantine.
Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 - $1,300 a week.
Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.
Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
For more information related to resources for California's Employers and Workers, please visit this Labor and Workforce Development Agency webpage.