Coronavirus
Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation

Revised Isolation Order: March 16, 2022

WHO IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THIS HEALTH OFFICER ORDER

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, who reside or work in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction, who have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to isolate (separate) themselves from others and follow all instructions in this Order until it's safe for them to be around others. A person is considered to be diagnosed with COVID-19 based on one or both of the following criteria:

  1. They received a positive viral test for COVID-19 and/or
  2. A healthcare provider clinically suspects that they have COVID-19

WHAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DO IF YOU HAVE COVID-19

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer ("Health Officer") requires everyone who tests positive for or is diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms to immediately:

  1. Self-isolate (stay in your home or another residence and away from others) for at least 5 days, see Duration of Self-Isolation, and
  2. Wear a highly protective mask until your isolation ends. If you meet the criteria to leave isolation before 10 days, it is strongly recommended* that you continue to wear a highly protective mask around others, especially indoors, for a total of 10 days after either the positive COVID-19 viral test or the first full day after your symptoms developed. The mask should be a well-fitting medical mask, a well-fitting respirator, or a well-fitting high-filtration reusable mask with a nose-wire (see ph.lacounty.gov/masks for details about masks with best protection), and
    * Note that return to work requirements for employees require masks. See Return to Work (Non-Healthcare) Summary Table.
  3. Tell your close contacts that they have been exposed and need to follow the Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19 (if you have a positive viral test for COVID-19), and
  4. Answer the phone if you get a call from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ("Public Health") or (833) 641-0305 to complete a telephone interview or if you get a text message from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health complete the online case interview within 24 hours of receiving the text, and
  5. If interviewed, identify close contacts to Public Health ("Public Health") who may need assistance with quarantine or other referrals and resources, and
  6. Follow all instructions in this Order.

Workplace settings: Employers may determine if their employees/contractors with COVID-19 must complete the full 10 days of isolation before returning to work or if they may return to work after Day 5, if all the required return to work criteria are met. See Return to Work (Non-Healthcare) Summary Table. Employees/contractors are advised to obtain information from their employer. In workplace settings, employers and employees are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and must follow the additional applicable ETS requirements for workplaces and for workplaces experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 among its workforce. See Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace.

If you are a healthcare worker, see Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Isolation).

Click here to view Isolation and Quarantine Requirements and Recommendations: Summary for the General Public.


Quarantine

Revised Quarantine Order: Issued April 13, 2022. Effective 12:01am on April 15, 2022.

  • This Quarantine Order is revised in response to changes in the April 6, 2022, State Public Health Officer Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public.
    • Removes quarantine requirement for asymptomatic exposed person (for the general public).
    • Adds work exclusion or restriction in certain specified High-Risk Settings.1
    • Includes updated definition for close contact.
  • Requires close contacts who are exempted from quarantine to wear a highly protective mask around others, especially indoors, for a total of 10 days after the last contact with a person infected with COVID-19, and to test to determine infection status.
  • Changes the definition of a close contact to align with the new CDPH definition of: “someone sharing the same indoor airspace, e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane, etc., for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) during an infected person’s (laboratory-confirmed or clinical diagnosis) infectious period.”

PERSONS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THIS HEALTH OFFICER ORDER

All individuals who reside or work in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have been in close contact with a person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 (based on a positive viral COVID-19 test result), whether exempt from quarantine or not, are to follow the requirements of this Order specific to their situation and the instructions for quarantine, if indicated. This order does not apply to
the management of exposed health care personnel. Exposed health care personnel should refer to Work Restrictions for Asymptomatic HCP with Exposures. Emergency Medical Service personnel should refer to Work Restrictions for Asymptomatic EMS Personnel with Exposures.

CLOSE CONTACTS WHO ARE EXEMPTED FROM QUARANTINE
You are not required to quarantine away from others, regardless of your vaccination status, if you have no symptoms OR if you have no symptoms and previously tested positive using a viral test for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and recovered.

While you are not required to quarantine away from others, you are required to:

  1. Wear a highly protective mask around others, especially indoors and when near those at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease, for a total of 10 days after the last contact with a person infected with COVID-19. The mask should be a well-fitting medical mask, a well-fitting respirator, or a well-fitting high filtration reusable mask with a nose-wire. (See ph.lacounty.gov/masks for details about masks with best protection); and
  2. Test as soon as possible (within 3-5 days after your last exposure) to determine your infection status. If you test positive, follow all isolation requirements at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation; and
  3. Monitor yourself for symptoms for 10 days following your exposure. If symptoms develop, test and stay home away from others. If you test positive, follow all isolation requirements at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation; and
  4. Follow all other steps in the Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19, which are available in English, Spanish, and other languages at: ph.lacounty.gov/covidcontacts.

WHAT YOU, AS A RESIDENT OF A HIGH-RISK SETTING, ARE REQUIRED TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH A PERSON WHO HAS COVID-19

If you are a resident in a High-Risk Setting, and a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and are either unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated and you have not been infected with COVID-19 within the prior 90 days, you must, at a minimum:

  1. Quarantine, for at least 5 days after last exposure. Quarantine can end after Day 5 if symptoms are not present and a diagnostic specimen collected on Day 5 or later tests negative. If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after Day 10. (Review the County Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19); and
  2. Monitor your health for a total of 10 days; and
  3. Wear a highly protective, well-fitting mask around others, especially indoors, for a total of 10 days after the last contact with a person infected with COVID-19. The mask should be a well-fitting medical mask, a well-fitting respirator, or a well-fitting high filtration reusable mask with a nose-wire. (See ph.lacounty.gov/masks for details about masks with best protection); and

The above requirements are the minimum requirement for exposed residents of High-Risk Settings. If the site-specific requirements are more protective, you must follow those.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STAFF AT HIGH-RISK SETTINGS:
If you are a staff member at a High-Risk Setting, and a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and are either unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated and you have not been infected with COVID-19 within the prior 90 days, you should exclude yourself from work for at least 5 days after last exposure. If permitted by your employer, your work exclusion can end after Day 5 if symptoms are not present and a diagnostic specimen collected on Day 5 or later tests negative. If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms
are not present, work exclusion can end after Day 10.

  • Monitor your health for at least 10 days. If symptoms develop, stay home and test as soon as possible, and
  • Wear a highly protective mask, around others, especially indoors, for a total of 10 days after the last contact with a person infected with COVID-19, and test as soon as possible after last exposure to determine infection status.

The above requirements are the minimum requirement for exposed staff at High-Risk Settings. If the site-specific requirements are more protective, you must follow those.

If you are a healthcare worker, your employer may permit you to continue to work. See Work Restrictions for Asymptomatic HCP with Exposures and Work Restrictions for Asymptomatic EMS Personnel with Exposures.

Click here to view Isolation and Quarantine Requirements and Recommendations: Summary for the General Public.