What to do if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result?

CDPH updated its guidance on April 6 to align with the recommended isolation and quarantine timeframes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

View information for Isolation for COVID-19 Positive Individuals (Regardless of Vaccination Status).

All individuals with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home for at least five days.
  • Isolation can end after day five if symptoms are not present or resolving and if an antigen test (rapid home test) collected on day five or later is negative.
  • If a fever is present, isolation should be continued until the fever resolves.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when around others, especially indoors, for 10 days from the date of a positive test.

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1. Who should be tested for COVID-19?
2. What is contact tracing?
3. What to do if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result?
4. When will I receive my test results?
5. Where can I get tested?
6. If I test positive for COVID-19, will I be contacted by Public Health?
7. Why is the CDC’s 2019 Real Time PCR Test being retired?