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Updated Guidance 3/14/23

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

For Confirmed Covid Cases:



They may leave isolation after Day 5 as long as they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicines) AND they either have no symptoms or their symptoms are mild and improving. A negative COVID-19 test is no longer required to leave isolation between Day 6-10. (LAC DPH strongly recommends that persons test negative prior to leaving isolation between Day 6-10). Wear a well-fitting mask around others through Day 10. They may discontinue wearing a mask around others between Day 6-Day 10 if they have had two sequential negative COVID-19tests taken at least one day apart.



Guidance for Close Contacts of a Confirmed Covid 19 Case:


As long as a close contact does not have symptoms, they do not need to stay away from others. They should take steps to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. To count the days: Day 0 is the day of your last contact (exposure) with the infected person.


Close contacts should: 1. Wear a well-fitting mask indoors around others through Day 10. • This is especially important when near those at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease. 2. Test for COVID-19 within 3-5 days • Testing should be performed 3-5 days after their last exposure.


Close contacts who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 31-90 days should use an antigen test to lower the risk of false positives. • In addition, testing as soon as possible after exposure is recommended for persons who live with or who are at higher risk for severe illness. Early knowledge of infection status enables (a) earlier access to treatment options, if indicated (for those who may be at risk for severe illness), and (b) notification of close contacts who may also benefit by knowing if they are infected.


If testing negative before Day 3, retest during the 3–5 day window following exposure, with at least 24 hours between the first and second test. • If the test result is positive, stay home away from others and follow the instructions above for a confirmed COVID-19 case. 3. Monitor their health.

Close contacts should monitor their health for 10 days following their exposure. If symptoms develop, they should test right away and stay home away from others. If they test positive, stay home away from others, and follow the instructions for a confirmed COVID-19 case.


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