We encourage you to use the Isolation and Quarantine Calculator on this page and use the resources listed below. Questions about quarantine, isolation, self-care, and symptoms can also be directed to the CDH Call Center Monday-Friday 9 am to 3 pm at 208-321-2222 (may be closed or operate with modified hours on holidays).
NOTE: K-12 Schools may have exceptions to quarantine guidelines, if the exposure was in an instructional school setting and both students were wearing masks properly. Students exposed in an instructional setting SHOULD quarantine from the community and follow their school's guidance on when to return. Below is a list of school resources.
CDH encourages the public to fill out the form if they, or their child, receives a positive COVID-19 test result. The form was developed with Adobe Document Signing to preserve HIPAA compliance in completing and sending.
Quarantine vs. Isolation
Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
What to do:
Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).
What to do:
When to seek emergency medical attention
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
Types of tests
Three COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment facilities will be stood up in North Idaho, eastern Idaho, and the Treasure Valley. Monoclonal antibody treatment involves therapeutic medications that are proving to be effective in keeping people from getting severely ill and requiring hospitalization after contracting COVID-19. The centers will help preserve hospital bed capacity for the severely ill.
Specific information about the exact location of the treatment centers will be made available in the coming days. Additional treatment centers may be added later.
Patients visiting the treatment centers must have a referral from a doctor. The treatments are free.
Learn more about monoclonal treatments and Idaho's efforts, HERE.
Quarantine and isolation can occur concurrently in a household if all of the following are implemented:
Eat in separate rooms or areas
Avoid sharing personal items
Wear a mask
Clean your hands often
If you are unable to separate infectious persons from well persons in the household by following all risk reductions, it is important to implement as many of the risk reductions as possible. Household members will need to quarantine for 14 days after the infectious person is out of isolation which is the last known exposure date. See section on quarantine.
People you have been around during the two-day period prior to the start of your symptoms (or if you are asymptomatic, two days before your positive COVID-19 specimen collection date), through to the time you start isolation, are at greatest risk of infection and should be prioritized for notification. Learn more, about identifying & talking to your close contacts, HERE.
Idaho Hotlines & Resources
The following is a list of COVID-19 testing sites in our community, though it may not be inclusive of all locations, and type of testing offered may vary (e.g. PCR nasal swab vs. antibody testing).
NOTE: Many sites require a phone or online screening before testing. Please visit the website for each location to learn more about specific pre-test screening requirements, processes, and hours before going to a testing location.