Contact tracing is a key strategy to contain the spread of any communicable disease. In alignment with state guidance, to best use our available resources and most effectively minimize the community spread of COVID-19, FCPH will temporarily focus exclusively on conducting the first part of contact tracing: interviews with cases (or guardians as appropriate) of COVID-19. As FCPH completes those interviews, we will provide tools and guidance for them to identify and notify their close contacts. Additionally, FCPH will be providing guidance and tools to all sectors, including employers, schools and daycare centers to assist with identification of close contacts. This will include instruction to exclude close contacts for 10 days and allow to return to work if they have not developed symptoms and without quarantine letters from FCPH.
I Feel Sick
- 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
Separate yourself from other people as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a mask and try to maintain a 6-foot distance as much as possible.
If you do have COVID-19, most people have a mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. It is important that you stay home for 10 days after symptoms appear AND until it has been 24 hours since you have had a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
- Public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis
- Do not go to work or school
Call your doctor to see if you should get tested or go to one of the many testing sites available around the state.
Be sure to stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. If you have trouble breathing or have severe symptoms, call 911.
I Tested Positive
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately
- Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible
- Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
- Wear a mask when around other people, if you are able to
Identify and Notify Your Close Contacts
Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone. You can contact them by using tellyourcontacts.org.
More information is available on the CDC’s website on the steps to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
I Am A Close Contact
Residents of Columbus and Franklin County that have been identified as a contact to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-quarantine immediately. If no symptoms develop, quarantine may end after 10 days but individuals should continue to monitor their health for 14 days from exposure. If the person becomes sick they should follow the instructions provided in the “I Feel Sick” section at the top of this page.
Do I Need to Quarantine if I’ve Had the COVID Vaccine?
- The CDC recently released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated:
- 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:
- Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
- Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
- 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.