If You Are Sick
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and our community.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, tell healthcare staff IMMEDIATELY.
If you are sick stay home, self-isolate, and monitor for fever of 100.4 or greater and a new cough, and/or shortness of breath.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.
In adults, emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Extreme fatigue or new confusion
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Restrict activities outside your home. Do not have visitors at your home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. You may go outside if you are not coughing and have a private backyard or private outdoor area that is at least 6 feet from other residents. Wear a mask if you have one.
As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. Try to maintain a distance of six feet, when possible, from other people in the home and do not eat in common areas.
If symptoms worsen and are not resolved with over the counter medication, call your Primary Care Provider (PCP) and they will determine if you need testing for COVID-19 and refer you as needed.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel of your symptoms.
Duration of Home Isolation
If You Were Not Tested
After you have no fever and all your symptoms are gone, stay home for an additional three days. This means you will feel well and still stay home before you have contact with people outside your home.
If Your COVID-19 Test is Negative
You will be notified by your provider. It may take 4-7 days to get a result, and you should remain in home isolation until your provider confirms a negative result. If you continue to feel unwell after your negative result is confirmed, and need medical care urgently, contact your provider.
If Your COVID-19 Test is Positive
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and local health departments. You will be contacted by your provider or the local Public Health Department regarding the next steps.
Being isolated in your home may be inconvenient, but it is temporary. And it could save lives.
Home Isolation and Quarantine Instructions
for People with COVID-19 Infection
All persons who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate themselves and inform their close contacts
There is no specific treatment for the virus that causes COVID-19. Here are steps that you can take to help you get better:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to reduce fever and pain.
- Note that children younger than age 2 should not be given any over-the-counter cold medications without first speaking with a doctor.
- Note that these medicines do not “cure” the illness and do not stop you from spreading germs.
Seeking Medical Care
Make a note of when your symptoms started and continue to monitor your health. Stay in touch with your doctor and seek prompt medical care if your symptoms get worse. People who are age 65 years and older or who have a health problem such as a chronic disease or a weak immune system may be at a higher risk of serious illness.
Call 911 if there are emergency warning signs
- Difficulty Breathing
- Pressure orpain in chest
- Bluish lips or face *
- Confused orhard to wake
- Other serious symptoms
People with emergency warning signs, *including a Pulse Ox reading of less than 94%, should call 9-1-1. Tell the dispatch personnel that you have COVID-19. If it’s not urgent, call ahead before visiting your doctor, you may be able to get advice by phone.
If you have questions about COVID-19, self-isolation, self-quarantine or COVID-19 in our community, please call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
COVID-19 may be stressful for people, for support call the Community Wellness Team at (805) 364-2750.
Follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and your community.
- Separate yourself from other people in your home.
- Wear a facemask or cloth face cover when you are around others.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid sharing personal household items.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
- Inform your “close contacts” that they are at risk for COVID-19 and must quarantine at home
- When your home isolation ends you are no longer infectious, and you can resume your usual activities, including returning to work and/or school. You do not need to have a negative test or a letter from Public Health to return to work or school.
Information for Your Close Contacts
If you have symptoms of COVID, or you have a positive test, you must inform your close contacts that they are at risk for COVID-19 and need to quarantine. You will need to inform your employer, as your close contacts may also be in the workplace.
You must tell all of your close contacts that they need to be in quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with you.
Your close contacts must stay home in quarantine even if they feel well.
Precautions for close contacts while you are isolated:
- Everyone must stay at least 6 feet away from you while you are under home isolation.
- If this is not possible, anyone who continues to be in close contact with you will need to extend their quarantine period to 14 days from the last time they had close contact with you during your isolation period as explained in the Home quarantine instructions
- Your caregivers and household contacts should wear a disposable facemask and gloves if they clean your room or bathroom or come into contact with your body fluids or secretions (such as sweat, saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine, or diarrhea).
- Remove and dispose of gloves first, then clean their hands, then remove and dispose of their facemask, and clean their hands again. See cleaning instructions on the CDC website.
Lompoc Valley Medical Center encourages you to stay informed. Please use the links below for additional information. The CDC updates its website regularly as more information becomes available.
- California Department of Public Health
- World Health Organization Coronavirus Information
- Home cleaning with COVID-19 positive individuals
- County of Santa Barbara Coronavirus Information Portal
- How Coronavirus Spreads
- Emmi Guides on COVID-19
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