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If you had no symptoms, return after day 5.  

If you had symptoms and are improving: 

  • You may end isolation after day 5 if you have not had a fever for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications.

If your symptoms are NOT improving:

  • Continue to isolate until 24 hours after your fever is gone without fever-reducing medication. Mild cough and fatigue may linger after recovery. 

If you had symptoms and had:

  • Moderate illness (having shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), you need to isolate through day 10.
  • Severe illness (you were hospitalized) or have a weakened immune system.
    • You need to isolate through day 10.
    • Consult your doctor before ending isolation.
    • Ending isolation with out a viral test may not be an option for you. 

If you take a test on day 5 and continue to test positive, stay away from others another 5 days. Staff working for schools or childcare facilities should follow the isolation guidance listed on Washington State Department of Health’s website

Wear a well-fitted mask around others for an additional 5 days. Call your healthcare provider immediately if symptoms worsen. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Tell the dispatcher you have or may have COVID-19. Wear a face covering before emergency medical services arrive.