Isolation and Quarantine Orders

Exposed

Pursuant to Public Health Officer Orders issued by the County of Los Angeles, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed to be positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days and 72 hours after fever and symptoms subside. This means you must stay home until your fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications and there is improvement in your respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) for at least 3 days (72 hours) after recovery, AND at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared or you were tested. 

If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed to be infected with COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with that individual. If you begin experiencing symptoms, you must self-isolate for 10 days and 72 hours after fever and symptoms subside. Individuals who are elderly or who have underlying health conditions may be at higher risk of serious illness and should contact their doctor as soon as they are sick.

Please note that the time period that a patient with COVID-19 is considered infectious begins 48 hours before symptom onset. This is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Individuals with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 are required to notify all persons with whom they had close contact beginning 48 hours before their symptom onset. 

Home isolation instructions for people with COVID-19 are available at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/HomeisolationenCoV.pdf

Home quarantine guidelines for close contacts to COVID-19 patients are available at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeQuarantine.pdf

Read the orders at the links below:

Self-Isolation Order (as revised May 1) (PDF)  (Diagnosed)

Self-Quarantine Order (as revised May 1) (PDF) (Exposed)

What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine? 

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.