What to do if you test positive for COVID-19العربية | မြန်မာစာ | Dari / دری | Français | Kirundi | नेपाली | Pashto /پښتو | Soomaali | Español | Swahili | Tiếng Việt | American Sign Language What to do if you test positive videos: العربية /Arabic | မြန်မာစာ/Burmese | دری / Dari | Français/French | Kirundi | Maay Maay | नेपाली/Nepali | پښتو/Pashto | Soomaali | Español /Spanish | Swahili | Tiếng Việt/Vietnamese
People with COVID-19 can spread the virus to others. If you test positive for COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated or never have symptoms, isolate as soon as you receive your test result and then notify your close contacts.
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Isolation means staying home and away from other people – including the people who live with you – for at least 5 days. The state of Vermont has adopted the CDC guidance on isolation and quarantine with additional guidance around recommended testing.
If you have a positive test (PCR, LAMP, or antigen)
This guidance is for people who are vaccinated, boosted or unvaccinated.
- Stay home and isolatefor 5 days.
- You can leave your home after day 5 if:
- you have two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart beginning no earlier than day 4*
- AND you never had symptoms, or your symptoms have improved and you feel better
- AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers
- AND you wear a mask around others through day 10.
- Notify your close contacts that you have tested positive. *Testing is strongly recommended. If you are unable to get a test and you meet all other requirements you can end isolation after 5 days. If you have a positive COVID test with no symptoms, day 0 is the day when you took the test. If you have symptoms, day 0 is the day symptoms start, regardless of if it was before or after the test.Children under 2 years old can leave isolation after day 5 if they have no symptoms, even though they cannot wear a mask.
This guidance does not apply to health care workers.Start following the guidance on how to isolate and notify your close contacts as soon as you receive your positive test result. You may get a call from the Health Department. If you have questions about this guidance, or if you miss a call from the Health Department, call us at 802-863-7240.
Tell your health care provider that you tested positive for COVID-19. They may have guidance for you to take care of your own health. If you need to see a health care provider but don’t have one, call 2-1-1 to be connected to care, or contact the nearest federally qualified health center or one of Vermont’s free & referral clinics.
If you are over 65 or have a high-risk medical condition and have mild to moderate symptoms, reach out to your health care provider to ask about COVID-19 therapeutics — as soon you get your positive test result. These treatments can reduce the chance of being hospitalized.
You can also request a pulse oximeter from the Health Department for those age 2 or older by completing the request form or calling 802-863-7240. This small device that clips onto your fingertip measures your pulse and oxygen levels and can help you know how sick you are. You will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, physical address, contact information, what kind of test you took (PCR/LAMP or antigen), and the date the positive test was taken.
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Report your self-test results to the Health Department. You can do that by choosing the option to automatically provide your results to your local health department or by filling out the Vermont COVID-19 Self-Test Result Reporting Form.report self-test results
Check the Follow-up Testing Guide to understand next steps based on your test results, whether or not you have symptoms and the type of test you took. See this resource in multiple languages here:العربية | မြန်မာစာ | Chinese – Simplified |Chinese – Traditional |دری / Dari | Français | Kirundi | नेपाली | Pashto | Soomaali | Español | Swahili | Tiếng Việt
If you are caring for someone who tested positive, find out how to care for someone sick at home (CDC).
Notify your close contacts
It’s important for people in close contact with you to know that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Especially with the more contagious variants, the sooner people know they may have come into contact with the virus, the sooner they can take steps to protect themselves and to prevent further spread in the community.