Guidance for Sick Individuals
In order to prevent COVID-19 infections, all residents and visitors are urged to self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms daily.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- 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
If you are feeling ill with symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has recommendations to follow depending on severity of illness. These recommendations include when to stay home, when to contact your medical provider and other useful info.
- May include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, bluish lips or face.
- Call 911 immediately and tell the dispatcher your symptoms. If you go to a hospital without calling 911, call the hospital ahead of time and tell them your symptoms.
Testing will typically take 2-4 days to get results. If your results are negative for COVID-19, stay at home to the extent possible for 24 hours after your symptoms generally resolve. If your test is positive, isolate at home. A Public Health representative will contact you to discuss your situation and give further instructions.
Guidance for Persons in Close Contact with a Person Infected with COVID-19
If you were in close contact with a person who was recently diagnosed as being infected with COVID-19 you may need to Quarantine (see below) to evaluate whether you will develop infection as well. See info below. Persons who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine. However, they should monitor for symptoms and wear a mask in indoor public spaces for 14 days following the contact.
Isolation and Quarantine
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick. Generally, as long as the site is suitable, a person’s residence is the preferred setting for quarantine and isolation, according to the CDC. For more information on isolation and quarantine, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms who test positive) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
When to Isolate
Persons must isolate for any of the following reasons:
1. A person has a positive COVID-19 test, or
2. A person has one of the symptoms listed above AND no alternative more likely diagnosis.
3. A person has one of the symptoms listed above and has had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Duration of Isolation
A person who meets the isolation criteria described above must Isolate until:
• Person has no fever for at least 24 hours (without using medicine that reduces fevers), AND
• Other symptoms have improved, AND
• At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
When to Quarantine
A person has had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Quarantine is NOT required for persons who are fully vaccinated at the time of the close contact. However, these persons need to thoroughly monitor for symptoms and wear a mask in indoor public spaces for 14 days after the contact.
Duration of Quarantine
A person who has had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and is not fully vaccinated, is recommended to quarantine for 14 days from the last contact. This is the most effective way to prevent disease spread.
However, the following options are allowed to shorten quarantine:
- After day 10 without testing
Under no circumstances should the quarantine end before seven full days have passed.
While people may leave quarantine earlier (after 7 or 10 days) if they follow the additional safety precautions, they should continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19 for a full 14 days.
Testing for COVID-19
Currently, all community members are encouraged to get tested. Explore the Testing page for options.
Summit County Symptom Tracker
If you have felt ill at any time since March 1, anonymously enter your symptoms to help us track COVID-19 activity in Summit County. To log symptoms or view the data dashboard, visit the Colorado Symptom Tracker & Dashboard.
Please note: The Symptom Tracker is not compatible with the Internet Explorer browser or older versions of Microsoft Edge. We recommend using another browser, such as Google Chrome, Safari or the most recent version of Microsoft Edge.
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