Isolation and Quarantine


In Los Angeles County, if you have COVID-19* you are required to:

  1. Isolate yourself, and
  2. Tell your close contacts that they need to quarantine if you have a positive diagnostic viral test, and
  3. Follow the Health Officer Isolation Order along with the steps in the full Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19.

*You are considered to have COVID-19, if you have a positive diagnostic viral (swab or saliva) test for COVID-19 and/or a healthcare provider thinks that you have COVID-19.

Note: If you recently had COVID-19 (within the past 90 days) and you now have a new positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 but you don’t have symptoms, talk with your doctor to see if you have COVID-19 again.


In Los Angeles County, if you have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 you are required to:

  1. Quarantine – stay home and separate yourself from others (unless you are exempt)
  2. Monitor your health for 14 days
  3. Follow the Health Officer Quarantine Order along with the steps in the full Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19.

It is recommended that you get tested for COVID-19 (unless you had a positive test in the last 90 days).

Who is exempt from quarantine? You are not required to quarantine (you are exempt) if you do not have symptoms AND you either:

  • Are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 


  • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered.

Even if you do not need to quarantine, you are required to monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from your last contact with the infected person and to follow instructions for fully vaccinated or recently recovered close contacts.

Recent travel: If you entered Los Angeles County from outside of California, you need to self-quarantine unless you have no symptoms and you are either fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. Follow CDC domestic and international travel recommendations for unvaccinated persons.