Quarantine Order Information

What does it mean to be under quarantine? Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. 

Quarantine Instructions: What to do During Quarantine Period

If you are told to quarantine, you must quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days from your last date of exposure, or a longer period of time if you are a household contact.   You must follow the instructions below while you are under a quarantine order.  By following the quarantine order instructions, you will prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please let us know if you need help getting food or supplies at this time.

1. Stay home, except to get medical care

Staying home helps stop the spread of COVID to others. Do not go to work, school, friends or family member’s houses or public places. 

If you can have friends or family deliver supplies to your doorstep, it is safe for them to approach your home and leave items on your front doorstep. (They will not be exposed to the virus.) However, do not have any extended visits or invite them into your home.

Self-quarantine also means you should not return to work until your period of quarantine has been completed. If you’re unable to work because you have been  exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a State Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. 

If you do not have a medical provider and Public Health has ordered you to quarantine, please complete and submit this form to request an official SDI statement from the Public Health Department.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

2. Separate yourself from other people in your home

If you live with other persons, please try to limit your contact with them and wear a face covering if you do. Try to stay in a specific “sick room” and use a separate bathroom if available.  Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, towels and bedding. Clean your hands often and clean “high touch” surfaces everyday to avoid spreading COVID to others.

3. Check your temperature twice daily and keep a log of your temperatures

If you develop a fever (temperature ≥ 100.4 F) or any of the below symptoms, contact the Public Health Department immediately at (805) 781-5500.

4. Monitor yourself for the following COVID-19 symptoms

  • Fever (temperature ≥ 100.4 F)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Some symptoms require that you seek medical help immediately. If you develop any of the following symptoms, please call 911 or call ahead to the Emergency Room to let them know that you have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID 19 and be prepared to share your date of exposure. Let them know what symptoms you are having. If you develop any of the following symptoms, seek emergency medical care or call 911 immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Please notify the 9-1-1 operator or medical provider that you have received notice that you are a close contact of an individual with COVID-19 and be prepared to share your date of exposure.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What if I start to feel sick and need to see a doctor? What signs should I watch for?

Signs that you are getting sick include difficulty breathing, weakness with walking around, severe diarrhea or vomiting, pale or blue lips and fingertips, or confusion.

Call ahead first. Your doctor may be able to see and treat minor illness over the phone. If you do need to go to an emergency department, make sure they are ready to receive you and tell them about the COVID-19 quarantine notification you received.  

 2. Can I go to work if I have been quarantined?


Certain exceptions may be allowed for defined essential work; however, that would be discussed with County Public Health Department staff and per your employer's request.

3. Can I be outdoors while I am in quarantine? 

You can go outside to walk, run or exercise ONLY if you have no contact with other people or equipment/objects and do not drive places with other people. Quarantine stops other people from getting infected, especially vulnerable people in your household and community.

4. Can I go to the grocery store or pharmacy?

No. A quarantine order means you are to stay at home.  If you need assistance beyond what your household members can provide, contact County Public Health at (805) 781-5500.

 5. What does “close contact” mean? 
A close contact is anyone who has had greater than 15 minutes of face-to-face contact at less than 6 feet distance with a confirmed case.
6. Can I participate in gatherings such as family parties, barbeques, funerals, or celebrations while I am in quarantine or isolation? 
NO, this is extremely dangerous due to your potential contagious illness. Even if you do not feel ill, you can expose others. 
7. What is the difference between Quarantine and Isolation?  

Isolation and Quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.  Isolation is the separation of sick people from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.


REMEMBER: COVID-19 spreads from infected people to others when they are working, living, or sharing social moments together. YOU HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY TO HELPING US STOP THIS EPIDEMIC. STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, AND KEEP THOSE YOU LOVE SAFE!


If you have questions please contact the Public Health Department at (805) 781-5500.