COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Self- Assessment


You are COVID-19 positive


Quick Summary
  • You are COVID-19 positive. A PCR or Rapid Antigen test result are both valid.
  • Presence or absence of symptoms does not change a positive status.
  • Vaccination status does not change a positive status.
  • There are no options for a shorter isolation time.
  • There is no need to test again.
  • Isolation ends when a minimum of 5 days have passed AND symptoms have improved AND you are free of fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines.  After your isolation ends, you can leave your house, but need to continue to wear a mask around others through the 10th day from onset of symptoms or positive test result if you are asymptomatic.

What should I do?
  • Symptomatic - stay home and isolate for 5 days from when your symptoms began. If your symptoms have gotten better after 5 days you can leave your house, but continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days.
    • If you still have a fever or are not feeling that symptoms have gotten better after 5 days, continue to stay home until 24 hours after your fever resolves and you are not using fever reducing medications (such as Tylenol or ibuprofen) and symptoms have improved. Continue to wear a mask around others through the 10th day from symptom onset.
    • If you cannot mask, continue to isolate at home for the 5 additional days. This includes many young children who should not or cannot wear masks effectively.
  • Asymptomatic - If you test positive for COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, stay home and isolate for 5 days from the day you had your test. After 5 days, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days. If you cannot mask, continue to isolate at home for the 5 additional days. This includes many young children who should not or cannot wear masks effectively.

** Please check with your child's school to determine whether or not they are  following the new CDC's guidelines for isolation before allowing your child to return to school.  As of 12/30/2021, Hilliard City Schools is following the new guidelines posted above.


What is my treatment plan?

If you have any symptoms, treatment plans will be similar to cold/flu virus infections.

  • Fever – Fever is a natural part of fighting a virus and does not need to be reduced unless there is discomfort. Your motto should be “treat the child, not the fever.” You can take ibuprofen (≥6 months old) and/or Tylenol as needed for discomfort. Call if fever reaches ≥106.
  • Cough/congestion – Use suction/saline, cold mist humidifier, sit in a steamy room, and keep head elevated whenever possible for cough and congestion. 
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea – Vomiting may be monitored for up to 48 hours as long as there is no blood or bile present. Make sure that your child is staying hydrated.  Diarrhea can be monitored for up to 2 weeks as long as there is no blood. 
  • Seek medical attention if there is a fever >101 for >3 days (or any fever >100.4 in children less than 3 months old), respiratory distress, dehydration symptoms, or lethargy.

Do I need to schedule an appointment?

In most cases, you may be able to monitor and treat at home.

Seek medical attention if there is a fever >101 for >3 days (or any fever >100.4 in children less than 3 months old), respiratory distress, dehydration symptoms, or lethargy. 

If your child is an athlete, dancer, gymnast, or is otherwise engaged in vigorous physical activity, he or she will need to be seen in the office after the resolution of symptoms to discuss safe return to play. Because COVID can inflame the heart muscle (a condition called myocarditis) it is very important that return to physical activity after infection is gradual and under the care of a medical professional. Please call our office during regular business hours and speak to a nurse to schedule an appointment once at least 14 days have past since COVID-19 diagnosis and your child has been symptom free for at least 48 hours. Please note that due to high call volume you will need to leave a message and a nurse will call you back to schedule.


Should I test?

There is no need to test again after you have completed your isolation. You are exempt from quarantining for 3 months after your positive test day as long as you do not develop new symptoms. If you do develop new symptoms please call the office and speak with one of our nurses to discuss further.


Can my isolation end sooner?

There are no options to end isolation sooner after a positive COVID-19 test result.


What about my family?

For those who are living with someone in isolation for COVID-19, they are likely a primary high risk exposure and may need to quarantine and/or mask depending on their vaccination status (click here to use our COVID-19 Self-Assessment for specific family member exposure guidelines and recommendations).


When am I cleared?

You can stop isolation after a minimum of 5 days have passed AND symptoms have improved AND you are free of fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines.  At this time you can leave your house, but should continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days when around others.  If you are unable to mask, you should stay home for a full 10 days. This includes many young children who should not or cannot wear masks effectively.

If your child is an athlete, dancer, gymnast, or is otherwise engaged in vigorous physical activity, he or she will need to be seen in the office after the completion of isolation and resolution of symptoms to discuss safe return to play. Because COVID can inflame the heart muscle (a condition called myocarditis) it is very important that return to physical activity after infection is gradual and under the care of a medical professional. 

For more information on COVID-19 and our protocols, please click here.

To restart the COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine self-assessment, click here.