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If you are sick with COVID-19 or being evaluated for infection

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated (i.e., waiting for test results) for COVID-19 infection by a health care provider and sent home to recover, you’ll be asked to stay home and monitor your symptoms to help prevent the disease from spreading to other people in your home and community. Other people you live with and those you had close contact with during the time you became sick, also will be asked to take specific actions to monitor for symptoms of illness and prevent further spread to others.

Staying home and avoiding contact with others

Staying home and avoiding physical contact with others is an important prevention step you can take to protect others from being infected and spreading further into the community. It can also be difficult, at times, as it may leave you feeling isolated, or alone. Calling up friends and using mobile video chats can be great ways to stay connected even when physically apart.

Pinal County Public Health follows the CDC recommendations for quarantine:

The CDC offers two alternatives for reducing quarantine times.
  • Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing if no symptoms are reported during daily monitoring. If you are identified as a close contact, ADHS will offer daily symptom checks by telephoning you to enroll. The ID on the phone will say AZ HEALTH. Then, daily symptoms checks can be set up via text or other methods.

  • Quarantine can end after day 7 using a test-based and symptom check strategy. The test sample is within 48 hours of the return to work date and cannot be collected before day 6. The COVID test must be a PCR test with a negative result.
The minimum quarantine period is 7 days.

Mitigation strategies (e.g. symptom monitoring and wearing face coverings) should continue to day 14.

AZ Dept. of Health Services has advised the shortened quarantine periods are not recommended in congregate living settings.

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**Note - In both of the shortened options, individuals will be responsible for providing any documentation to their work or school as needed. Public Health does not have this information.

See the CDC link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-options-to-reduce-quarantine.html

If symptoms become severe, such as having difficulty breathing, seek medical care immediately. If you need to see a healthcare provider, please call ahead to tell them you are a close contact of someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 OR who has a respiratory infection. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel. This will help the healthcare provider or first responders take steps to protect themselves from infection.

ADULTS OVER 60 AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEVERE CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS LIKE HEAR, LUNG DISEASE OR DIABETES ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR MORE SERIOUS COVID-19 ILLNESS. IF SYMPTOMS WORSEN, ESPECIALLY IF DIFFICULTY BREATHING, SEEK MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY.

 

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