Updated November 3, 2021

Quarantine for Close Contacts

Your quarantine period starts the day you were in close contact with someone with COVID-19. Close contact means spending at least 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of someone over the course of a day, with or without a mask.

You are required to quarantine for 14 days, whether vaccinated or not, if:

  • you live in a long term care facility or other licensed group setting

If you have not been vaccinated

14-day Quarantine (Safest)

Staying home and away from other people for 14 days is the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others, especially if:

  • someone in your household has COVID-19, or 

  • you live or work with people who are at risk for serious illness from COVID-19

10-Day Quarantine 

If you have no symptoms, quarantine for at least 10 days. 

After 10 days, your risk of spreading the virus to others goes down. There is still a chance you can get sick and spread COVID-19 to others during days 11-14, even if you felt well on day 10. 

If you end quarantine after 10 days, continue to monitor yourself for symptoms daily for the full 14 days. It is very important to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often and limit your contact with people you don’t live with.

If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others and call your doctor or clinic right away. 

7-day quarantine is not recommended by Multnomah County public health

The CDC offers the option to quarantine for 7 days if you have no symptoms and get a test on day 5, 6, or 7 with a negative result. Local public health experts do not recommend this in our region.

    If you have been fully vaccinated 

    Seek testing if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to quarantine if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19, unless you develop symptoms.

    Fully vaccinated means: 

    • 2 weeks after your 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or

    • 2 weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine 

    You should still monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days. If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others and call your doctor to see if you need to get tested. 

    See 14-day quarantine requirement above for when you are required to quarantine.

    See the Statewide Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for more information.


    Updated 11/3/2021

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