Resources for COVID-19 isolation, vaccination and testing information
What to do if exposed to COVID-19
If you were exposed to COVID-19, you should start wearing a well-fitting mask as soon as you find out you were exposed. Day 0 is the last day you were exposed to the individual. For 10 days after last known exposure, you should watch for symptoms, and take extra precautions around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. On day 6 after last exposure, it is recommend you take a COVID-19 test. If it is positive, you should isolate. If it is negative, you should continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask through day 10.
What to do if you tested positive
An individual should isolate at home for at least 5 days from symptom onset, or if no symptoms, from positive test date. If the individual is fever free for more than 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicines) and other symptoms are improving, they can return to normal activities on day 6 as long as they agree to wear a mask, consistently and correctly, through day 10.
The CDC has an Isolation and Exposure Calculator, please visit Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 | CDC for more information.
HCPH is not offering vaccines at this time. To search for COVID-19 vaccine availability near you, please visit www.vaccines.gov.
What you need to know
- CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax, to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.
- Everyone aged 5 years and older should get 1 dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.
- Children aged 6 months–4 years need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated COVID-19 vaccine.
- COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will be updated as needed.
Types of vaccines available
Authorized or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently include:
- Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines which are mRNA vaccines.
- Novavax COVID-19 vaccine which is a protein subunit vaccine.
- J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, a viral vector vaccine has expired and is no longer available for use in the United States as of May 6, 2023.