Staying home to isolate households is an essential part of the Utah Governor Herbert's Stay Safe, Stay Home directive to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Self-isolation is used in reference to those isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test or due to exposure and symptoms. Those who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 test, including from someone in the same household, must quarantine for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms.
When an Individual Should Self-Isolate/Quarantine
- If you have been tested for COVID-19, you must self-isolate, even if you have not yet received your results.
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
- If you have been exposed, or if someone in your household or a roommate has tested positive for COVID-19, you must still quarantine for 14 days upon exposure, even if you do not have symptoms.
- If you have traveled internationally or to a state that has a major disaster declaration, you must not come to a USU campus for 14 days upon your return. Please stay home and quarantine.
Please protect your health and the health of the campus community by taking these steps:
- Fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire.
- Stay home and social distance from other members of the household. Do not share utensils, toothbrushes, water bottles, or pillows, and avoid shaking hands, kissing, hugging, or other intimate activities. Avoid close contact. (Close contact is defined as closer than a 6-foot distance between you and others.) If you have a roommate, keep the recommended distance apart.
- If you are not already learning/working remotely, do not come to campus until the 14 days are over and you have remained symptom free.
- Take your temperature twice daily and monitor for fever (100.4 degrees F/ 38 degrees C or higher).
- If you do not have symptoms, you may take a walk outside, but avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with others.
- You may leave your home to get essential items such as food, but if you have symptoms, wear a mask or order your groceries online for delivery or pick up.
- Practice good prevention hygeine to avoid spreading the virus in case you have it.
- Avoid crowds, public events, meetings, social activities, or other group activities. These should not be occurring now with social distancing directives in place.
- If you develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, learn more about testing in your area. Most people will recover from COVID-19 at home without medical intervention.
- If you do not have any symptoms and feel healthy, it is generally safe to return to regular activities 14 days after you begin self-isolation, but continue to social distance and stay home as much as possible, as directed by state public health officials.
Returning to Work or School
People who are self-isolating with COVID-19, or who are presumed to have COVID-19, can stop home isolation under the following conditions (unless otherwise instructed by their health care professional):
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
- other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
- at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
Find more information: CDC
Information for Households
Bear River Health Department provides guidance on what to do if someone in your home tests positive for COVID-19 or your doctor believes you have COVID-19. In this case, EVERYONE in your house will need to stay at home until:
- 3 days after the last person to get sick in your house DOES NOT have a fever or a cough
- at least 10 days after the last person to get sick in your house first had symptoms or signs of COVID-19.