I Tested Positive for COVID-19, What Do I Do Now?
If you tested positive for COVID-19, you need to take the following steps:
-Stay home and isolate yourself for a minimum of 10 days after your symptoms started. If you did not have symptoms and tested positive, remain isolated for 10 days from the date of testing.
-Avoid other people, even those in your household
-Notify your employer or school
-Notify your child’s school, if you have school-age children
-Notify your close contacts and ask them to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of contact with you. For more information on determining close contacts and quarantining, visit: http://healthymonroecowi.org/quarantine
We ask that you help us with our follow up process by filling out this online form: https://hipaa.jotform.com/203093877390058 . This will help us capture interview data that will be missed by not contacting all cases directly.
-Wisconsin DHS Fact Sheet: Next Steps After You Are Diagnosed with COVID-19
What is Isolation?
-Stay home (or other location where you can be isolated from others). This means do not go to work, school, or public areas. If you need medical care, follow instructions below.
-Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. As much as possible, you should have a specific room away from other people in your home and use a separate bathroom.
-Other people who you live with or had close contact with, starting 2 days before you were sick and while you were sick, should now stay home (quarantine) and watch for symptoms for 14 days after their last contact with you.
-Avoid sharing personal household items. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
-Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
-Wear a face mask if you need to be around other people and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
-Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of isolation. If you have an essential appointment during the isolation period, notify your healthcare provider of your COVID-19 status. They will help coordinate the visit.
How Do I Isolate from Others in My Home?
-Separate yourself from people and animals in your home.
-As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom.
-Sleep in a separate room
-If you cannot use a separate bathroom, thoroughly clean and disinfect any frequently touched surfaces before and after each use. The positive person should bring their own toothbrush, towel, soap, etc. into the shared bathroom each time and stores these items outside the bathroom in a specific area
-Do not share personal household items like dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, or bedding. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
-If you have to be around other people or pets, such as sharing a room or vehicle, or before entering a healthcare provider’s office, wear a face covering or mask.
-If you can’t wear a mask because it’s hard for you to breathe while wearing one, then keep people who live with you out of your room, and have them wear a medical mask if they come in your room.
-Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw away in a lined trashcan. Wash hands thoroughly afterward. Soap and water are best.
-Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes and glasses, or bedding.
-Clean all “high touch” surfaces every day, such as counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, phones, and keyboards.
-Use a household cleaning product to clean, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
-For more information on how long household contacts need to quarantine, visit
How Long Do I Need to Isolate?
Tested Positive, With Symptoms
Tested Positive, No Symptoms
How Do I Monitor My Symptoms?
-Measure your temperature twice per day; once in the a.m. and once in the p.m.
-Watch for a worsening cough or difficulty breathing.
-If your symptoms get worse or you have difficulty breathing contact your doctor. Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
-If you need emergency medical attention anytime during the isolation, call 911 and let them know you were diagnosed with COVID-19.
When Should I Seek Medical Attention?
-Monitor yourself for emergency COVID-19 signs. If you experience a worsening of symptoms and/or find it difficult to breathe, have a high fever, or confusion you should seek medical care/call your doctor immediately.
-If you seek medical attention call first. The hospital or clinic will have instructions for you.
-If you need emergency medical attention, call 911 and let them know you were diagnosed with COVID-19.
I Just Was Tested for COVID-19 and Am Waiting for My Results
View Wisconsin DHS’s fact sheet here:
Next Steps: While You Wait for Your COVID-19 test results
I Need Letter From the Health Department
If you need a letter, fill out this form: https://hipaa.jotform.com/203144665290150
Please note, we will need to verify that you had a positive lab result before sending your letter. If we have not yet received your lab report, there may be a delay in sending your letter.