Updated January 13, 2022

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If you test positive for COVID-19, assume you are contagious to other people. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, but have not been able to get tested, assume that you are contagious.

Whether you have been vaccinated or not, isolate:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves. 
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms improve after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to use a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days.

Understanding Isolation and Quarantine

Tell your close contacts right away

Call, email, or text close contacts as soon as possible. Timing matters! 

Current science shows that the majority of transmission occurs 1-2 days before and 2-3 days after someone shows symptoms.The sooner you let your contacts know, the sooner they can take action so they don’t spread it to others. 

Telling close contacts »

Resources for Staying Home

Call 2-1-1 if you need support for isolation or quarantine. 2-1-1 will connect you to organizations that can help with resources you may need (groceries, financial support, help with rent, other essentials). We can help!

If you cannot self-isolate, we will work with you to explore your options. Community resources»

Take Care of Yourself

It is important to take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus to others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider (unless they provided the test).

What to do if you’re sick»

Call 911 if you have these severe symptoms: 

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or belly 
  • Unable to drink or keep liquids down 
  • New confusion or inability to wake up 
  • Bluish or grayish lips or face

Call your doctor or clinic if you're worried that you're not getting better. Some people have problems with their lungs, heart, or thinking after the first part of their COVID-19 illness is over.  Talk to your doctor or clinic about how they will monitor you as you recover.

If You Are Employed

Sick leave options, telling your employer, when you can return to work »

Reporting your positive case

If you took a PCR test or had your test done at a clinic or doctor’s office, your test results will automatically be reported to the state reporting system. You do not need to do anything to report these results.

If you have a positive at home test, you are not required to report it to the local or state Health Authority. The Oregon Health Authority is following how the virus is spreading in our communities from the tests reported through doctor’s offices and clinics. 

You can fill out an optional survey or get support and health information on the Oregon Health Authority’s Positive COVID Test website or call their Case Support Hotline at 866-917-8881.