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Guidance for individuals with COVID-19

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I am positive

You have been diagnosed with COVID and will need to stay home

until meeting the CDC criteria to be released from isolation. Download and print your isolation guidance here.

GENERAL POPULATION, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS

  • Stay home for 5 days.

  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days (day 0 being the day your symptoms started), you can leave your house. However, if you have a fever continue to stay home until you are clear of it for 24 hours.

  • Continue to wear a mask (KN95 or better) around others for 5 additional days.

*Residents of correctional institutions or homeless shelters are still advised by CDC to follow a 10-day isolation period if they are positive for COVID-19. Guidance for healthcare workers can be found here.

 

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I am a UM student and I tested positive.

You have been diagnosed with COVID and will need to stay home

until meeting the CDC criteria to be released from isolation.

NOTIFY THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE

  • All professors, whether enrolled in online or in-person classes.

  • If you live ON CAMPUS, call Residence Life at 406-370-7812 to move to an isolation area and receive food and other assistance.

  • If you live OFF CAMPUS, you can call the UM COVID Response Team at 406-243-2611 to receive information on food assistance, additional resources, and how to comply with isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

*Refusal to comply with this isolation order is a violation of the UM Student Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action.

PARENTS

For more information, please go to UM’s COVID response website. Please call the UM COVID-19 hotline at 406-243-4636 if you have questions that are not addressed in the FAQs.

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How do I properly isolate?

Isolation is used to separate people infected with

COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are

in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to

be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should:

· Avoid contact with other others.

· Monitor your symptoms daily.

· Stay in a specific “sick room” or area.

· Use a separate bathroom (if available).

· Don’t share personal household items such as cups, towels, and utensils.

· If you cannot separate from others in the home, wear a mask.

 

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How long will I be infectious?

NO SYMPTOM ISOLATION TIMELINE

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 5 days have passed since you had a positive viral test, but must stay masked for an additional 5 days.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance below.

 

SYMPTOM ISOLATION TIMELINE

Cases can be released at day 5 of isolation, but must stay masked for 5 more days if they meet the following criteria:

  • They have been afebrile (have no fever) for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.

    • If individuals continue to have concerning symptoms, isolation should extend one day at a time until they meet criteria.

      • People hospitalized for Covid-19 related illness or immunocompromised should isolate for 20 days.

      • If you had symptoms but they resolved before testing you will be treated as an asymptomatic case and isolate for 5 days.

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When should I seek medical attention?

Call your health care provider for advice on treating your symptoms or for any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Your doctor knows you best and what to do for you, especially if you have other health concerns like high blood pressure or breathing problems. Please wear a face covering and tell staff that you have COVID-19 so that they can take proper precautions.

 

THERAPEUTICS

COVID-19 therapeutics are available to eligible residents who test positive for COVID-19. Those especially vulnerable to COVID-19 should consult their physician ASAP if they test positive as therapeutics work best if taken within the first five days of symptom onset. Find a test-to-treat site near you.

OTHER OPTIONS

· The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

staffs the Nurse First Line 24 hours a day, seven

days a week. Call 1-800-330-7847 to speak with a nurse.

· Missoula's Community Medical Center provides a Nurse-on-Call hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 406-327-4770 to speak with a nurse.

If you are a University of Montana student you can call Call Curry Health Center (406-243-2122) for an appointment.

EMERGENCY SIGNS

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 9-1-1:

· Trouble breathing

· Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

· New confusion

· Inability to wake or stay awake

· Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

 

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What is a close contact and how do I notify them?

This CDC fact sheet can help you determine whether you are a close contact. 

Examples of people who could potentially be defined as close contacts:

  • Household contacts living, sleeping, or eating in the same home

  • Sexual partners of a person with COVID-19

  • Known contacts of a person with COVID-19 in other group settings (places of worship, indoor workplaces, private social events)

You should alert your close contacts that they have been exposed to COVID-19 so they can follow the CDC's latest guidance for close contacts.

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Handling continuous exposure to COVID-19 in your household

Continuous exposure means that the positive case in your household is unable to separate themselves from the rest of the household. Household members are then exposed to the virus on an everyday basis. 

IF YOU ARE UNVACCINATED OR NOT FULLY VACCINATED

  • Get tested immediately when they are identified as a close contact.

  • Begin quarantine immediately and continue to quarantine throughout the isolation period of the person with COVID-19.

  • Continue to quarantine for an additional 5 days starting the day after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19. Even if you develop no symptoms wear a mask when around others after your quarantine and get tested again.

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  • Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the person’s isolation period.

  • Wear a mask when in contact with other people in the home until quarantine ends.

  • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

FULLY VACCINATED

  • Get tested 5-7 days after their first exposure. A person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they develop symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.

  • Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19.

  • Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the infected person’s isolation period.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public until 10 days after the infected person’s isolation period ends or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result.

  • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

IF MULTIPLE PEOPLE IN A HOME TEST POSITIVE AT DIFFERENT TIMES

Recommendations for this situation depend on vaccination status:

  • When multiple members of the household become infected at different times and the people with COVID-19 can’t isolate from other members of the household, close contacts who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated should

    • Quarantine throughout the isolation period of any infected person in the household.

    • Continue to quarantine until 5 days after the end of isolation date for the most recently infected member of the household. For example, if the last day of isolation of the person most recently infected with COVID-19 was Jan. 1, the new 5-day quarantine period ends Jan. 6.

    • Get tested 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the most recently infected member of the household.

    • Wear a mask when in contact with any person with COVID-19 while that person is in isolation.

    • Wear a mask when in contact with other people in the home until quarantine ends.

    • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

  • When multiple members of the household become infected at different times and the people with COVID-19 can’t isolate from other members of the household, close contacts who are fully vaccinated in this situation should

    • Get tested 5-7 days after their first exposure. A person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they developed symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.

    • Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the most recently infected member of the household.

    • Wear a mask when in contact with any person with COVID-19 while that person is in isolation.

    • Wear a mask indoors in public until 10 days after the end of isolation for the most recently infected member of the household or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result. 

    • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

 
 

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Will the health department monitor me?

Per CDC recommendations, MCCHD has discontinued universal case investigation and will only focus on vulnerable populations. Once you test positive and your result is received by the Health Department you may receive a text message from 406-308-1916 allowing you to identify as a vulnerable population. If you tested positive and have a landline and wish to self-identify as an at risk population please call 406-258-4636.  

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