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I had a positive COVID test or close contact – now what?
January 12, 2021
I had a positive COVID test or close contact – now what?

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COVID-19 testing: What do I do when I test positive for COVID?

Isolate: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive

What does it mean to isolate?

Stay home except for medical care. Don’t go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public buses, ride-sharing services or taxis.

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. Use a separate bathroom, if you can.

When am I no longer considered contagious with COVID?

  • Isolate yourself from others until it has been 10 days since your first symptoms, you are fever-free for at least 24 hours AND symptoms are improving
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 and never had any symptoms:
    • Isolate yourself from others until it has been 10 days since your first COVID-19 test

It’s important for everyone to wear a mask, wash their hands, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.


Quarantine: If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19

What does it mean to self-quarantine?

Stay home except for medical care. Don’t go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public buses, ride-sharing services or taxis. If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Close contact includes:

  • Being within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period
  • Direct physical contact (hugging or kissing), sharing eating or drinking utensils
  • Having exposure to respiratory secretions from a person who has COVID-19
  • Living with or caring for a person who has COVID-19

When am I no longer considered contagious?

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you have not developed symptoms:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with the person (preferred)*
  • If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you have developed symptoms:**
    • Ask your doctor if they recommend a COVID-19 test
    • Isolate yourself from others until it has been 10 days since your first symptoms, you are fever-free*** for at least 24 hours AND symptoms are improving If you live with someone who has COVID-19, exposure is considered ongoing. Remain home throughout their quarantine and for 14 days* afterward unless you were able to have complete separation from them within the home.

It’s important for everyone to wear a mask, wash their hands, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

Read more tips on how to stay healthy and safe during COVID

Information as of December 28, 2020

  • *If you’re not able to stay home for 14 additional days and do not have symptoms, you may leave home earlier:
    • After 10 days without testing; or
    • After 7 days with a negative PCR or antigen test performed 5 days or later after last exposure.
  • **Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or new-onset poor feeding or poor appetite.
  • ***Fever-free means a temperature of less than 100.4°F without acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Drive-through COVID testing for children and teens

We offer convenient, drive-thru COVID-19 testing for children of all ages who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is done via a simple swab of the inside of the nose and results are typically available within 24-48 hours.

  • Tests can be ordered by your regular CHoR provider, or through our virtual urgent care program
  • Testing is available  Mondays through Fridays (except Thursdays), 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Once you’ve confirmed with your provider you can drive up! You do not need to schedule your child’s test
  • NOTE: You cannot arrive for a test without first confirming with your provider

Where is the Patient and Visitor Parking Deck located?

550 N. 12th St.,
Richmond, VA 23219

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