Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection, should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others. Non-vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days from the last date they were exposed.
Public health recommends a full 14-day quarantine as the best way to reduce disease spread. However, CDC has two alternative options for shortening quarantine if you are having hardship by staying home. An exposed person may shorten quarantine in the following situations:
- Quarantine can end after Day 10 if no symptoms have developed during daily monitoring; a test is not required.
- Quarantine can end after Day 7 if no symptoms have developed during daily monitoring and if you have a negative molecular or antigen test. The test must be collected within 2 days of the planned end of quarantine (in other words, 5 days after exposure), and a negative test result must be back before ending quarantine.
- Under no circumstances should the quarantine end before 7 days have fully passed.
If you have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the final dose, you do not have to quarantine. However, you must monitor yourself for symptoms and if symptoms develop, isolate and get tested for COVID.
For information about FREE testing sites in the area, visit www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing
Individuals with insurance
Call or email your healthcare provider, or a telehealth line or nurseline, to get their advice before going to any health facility.
Individuals with no insurance
Contact a free telehealth line or nurseline service
Get text messages that support how to manage your symptoms, access care, and more by using the Colorado COVID Symptom Support tool. Review general questions and answers on the state’s FAQ page.