Explanation of Terms:
Positive Case – A person who receives a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, or a physician’s diagnosis of COVID-19. A positive case includes both confirmed and probable cases.
Quarantined Suspected Case – A person who displays any of the common symptoms of COVID-19 but is waiting to be tested or to receive the results of a test already administered. These common symptoms include a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, unusual fatigue, muscle pain, coughing, sudden loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, prolonged headache, and sore throat, that do not appear to be caused by another illness.
Quarantined Close Contact – A person who is not ill but who has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case in a manner that could make the person susceptible to contracting the virus. Examples include a person who:
- Lives with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
- Was face-to-face with a positive case, while wearing or not wearing a mask or face covering, fewer than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or longer.
- Had direct physical contact with a positive case, such as sharing a drink.
- Was exposed to the bodily fluids of a person with COVID-19 (for example, touched a facial tissue used by an infected person).
PCR Test-A molecular diagnostic test for COVID-19 that detects the virus’s genetic material. Results are usually available in 24-72 hours.
Rapid Antigen Test-A diagnostic test for COVID-19 that detects specific proteins from the virus. Results are usually available within an hour.
Antibody Test-A test that looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a COVID-19 infection. At this time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to COVID-19 in the future. An antibody test is not accepted as proof of immunity and will not exclude an individual from further quarantines due to exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.
90 Day quarantine exemption-Any individual who has a lab confirmed positive test (PCR or Rapid) is exempt from quarantine due to exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual for 90 days from the date of the previous positive test.