Isolation

Isolation & Quarantine

Isolation or Quarantine: What's the difference?

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with a virus or disease away from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

What to Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19

If you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, there are steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection.

Isolation

This information is intended for a general audience. Healthcare professionals should see Ending Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19. This CDC guidance is meant to supplement—not replace—any federal, state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.

If you have COVID-19, you can spread the virus to others. There are precautions you can take to prevent spreading it to others: isolation, masking, and avoiding contact with people who are at high risk of getting very sick. Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19.

These recommendations do not change based on COVID-19 Community Levels. If you have COVID-19, also see additional information on treatments that may be available to you.

When you can be around others

End isolation based on how serious your COVID-19 symptoms were. Looking for the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator? It’s currently being updated as of August 12, 2022.

Oklahoma COVID-19 Record Portal

This portal is for the use of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 (case) and people who have been named as contacts to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 (contact).

Through the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing program, residents with cell phones can receive their test results through a text message and complete their own investigation through an automated process. Public health workers will still be available to answer any questions and help with reported outbreaks.

Please register to complete any surveys you have received texts about, add contacts to a current case of COVID-19, and/or to get letters needed for work/school. Surveys and letters are available within the portal for all authorized cases and contacts using your phone number.