COVID-19 Quarantine/Self-Isolation Guidelines

TMCC is following the latest CDC guidelines in regards to quarantine and self-isolation.  If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and may or may not have been infected, the CDC recommends that you quarantine. If you are sick or have been infected with the virus, you need to isolate even if you do not have symptoms.

Quarantine Guidelines

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 you should stay home, away from other people, for at least five days (0–5) after your last contact with someone who has the virus. The date of your exposure is considered day zero. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others, and stay home, if possible. 

These quarantine guidelines apply to those who have completed the primary series of the recommended vaccine, but have not received the booster shot, those who are not vaccinated or do not have a complete primary vaccine series. 

If you have received all recommended vaccine doses including boosters and additional primary shots, you do not need to quarantine. However, the CDC recommends that you wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.  If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, you will need to isolate and follow the isolation guidelines, below. 

Self-Isolation Guidelines

According to the CDC, isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases to those without COVID-19. People in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should be separate from others or wear a well-fitting mask when they need to be around others.  Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets, use separate bathrooms, personal items and stay in a separate room from others. 

You need to isolate if you have a positive COVID-19 test, regardless of symptoms, or if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results.

Guidelines for Ending Isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms, isolate for five days. Day 0 is the day of your positive viral test and day 1 is the first full day after the specimen was collected for your positive test. If you continue to have no symptoms, you can end isolation after at least five days. However, you should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your five-day isolation period should start over.

Complete CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

These are a summary of the most recent updates issued by the CDC. For more information, please review the complete guidelines on the CDC website.