Self-quarantineseparates people and restricts their movement if they were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Self-isolationseparates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
Self-quarantine if exposed
For people who are not sick, but may have been exposed (in close contact with someone who is sick). You must stay away from others for 14 days to see if you get sick.
Usually for the incubation period of the disease.
Means you should stay at home or stay put in the same location for at least 14 days so you don’t spread the disease to healthy people. If you get sick, begin following the isolation directions.
If you have a medical appointment, call ahead and let them know you are under quarantine (either by order or self-imposed) for COVID-19, so the office can take steps to protect other people.
Self-isolation if you are sick
You must stay away from others for at least 10 days after your symptoms start.
This applies to people who:
Have a positive COVID-19 test.
Have symptoms of COVID-19 (coughing, shortness of breath and/or fever).
Are getting ill and think they might have COVID-19. Symptoms may be mild and feel like a common cold, especially early on. Early symptoms could include a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue and chest tightness. Some people may not develop a fever or a fever may not appear until several days into the illness.
Both isolation and quarantine can be voluntary. Colorado has the legal authority to issue quarantine orders to people who were exposed to a contagious disease. Local public health agencies have the authority to issue isolation orders for someone who is sick.
The period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure.
The period of isolation or self-isolation lasts until:
At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared and
At least 24 hours with no fever without fever reducing medication and
Symptoms have improved
If you are asked to relocate, be prepared with a "COVID-ready" isolation bag.
Suggested items include:
Chargers for your phone and other electronics
Phone, laptop and/or tablet
Personal items (toothpaste, toothbrush, lip balm, medications, etc.)
Extra clothes (pajamas, socks, shirts, etc.)
Items for class (books, notebooks, study materials)
Temporary self-isolation requirements may present some questions and we want to do everything we can to support you in fulfilling the obligations of your isolation. As a reminder, your isolation is a required public health order.