Self-Quarantine Patient Information

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a quarantined person needs to be isolated because they’re at high risk of developing an infectious disease, or they’ve tested positive for an infectious disease. In this case, the infectious disease in the coronavirus called COVID-19.

If you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you’re helping protect your family, friends, and the community from possible exposure to this contagious disease by following self-quarantine guidelines. Following self-quarantine guidelines is especially important to keep the most vulnerable people in your family and community safe, such as the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions.

How long do I need to be in self-quarantine?
This will depend on your individual test results and exposure risk. You’ll need to be in self-quarantine at least until your test results are back. Your healthcare clinician will let you know what to do once they review the results with you.

How can I manage my health at home while I’m in self-quarantine?

  1. Stay home from work, school, and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
  2. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. You should use a separate bathroom if available. Wear a face mask if you need to be around other people in or outside of the home.
  3. Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels, and bedding.
  4. Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs, with disinfectant. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
  5. Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your doctor immediately.
  6. Cover your cough and sneezes.
  7. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  8. Get rest and stay hydrated.
  9. If you have a medical appointment, call your healthcare clinician’s office ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
  10. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.

I tested positive for COVID-19. How will I know if I can come out of self-quarantine?
Please call your healthcare clinician to talk about specific steps you need to take before you can stop self-quarantine. You should not stop self-quarantine until you speak with your healthcare clinician.

Here are general guidelines from the CDC for people with COVID-19:

If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
    AND
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
    AND
  • At least ten days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

  • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
    AND
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
    AND
  • You received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

Where can I go for more information?

  • Call your trusted Nuvance Health primary care practice. At Nuvance Health, you can schedule a Virtual Visit and have a remote consultation with a healthcare clinician.
  • For general questions or concerns, call the Nuvance Health COVID-19 Community Hotline at 1-888-667-9262.
  • For information regarding Connecticut, including alternative COVID-19 test locations, visit CT.gov/coronavirus or call 211.
  • For information regarding New York, including alternative COVID-19 test locations, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov or call 1-888-364-3065.
  • For information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website: cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Nuvance Health is keeping the communities informed on our website at nuvancehealth.org/coronavirus, and on social media @NuvanceHealth, or search for your hospital’s name. Nuvance Health hospitals include Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Sharon Hospital in Connecticut; Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York.