DOH: What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

Sunday, January 2, 2022

OLYMPIA –The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is offering a detailed reminder about what people should do if they test positive for COVID-19.

Cases are rising sharply, driven by the omicron variant, which is believed to be more contagious than previous variants, including delta.

Tracking cases and preventing further spread of disease starts with testing; anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or known exposures should get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.

What to do if you test positive:
  • Follow the latest CDC and DOH guidance and isolate at home, away from others
    • People who test positive should isolate.
    • All close contacts should quarantine.
  • Wear a mask while inside and ask others in your home to do the same (preferably a KN95, KF-94, or a 3-ply surgical mask, if possible).
  • Ventilate your space as much as you can.
    • Set the fan of your heating system to “on” or “high” or "circulate" instead of “auto”.
    • If your home has an HVAC system, make sure it has a fresh filter and change it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Open the windows briefly to allow fresh air in, when possible.
  • Use WA Notify to report your positive home test, if applicable.
  • Reach out to your close contacts and let them know they’ve been exposed and that they should quarantine.
  • Stay hydrated, use over the counter medications such as acetaminophen to stay comfortable and manage symptoms.
  • Seek medical care if you display the following symptoms:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • Confusion, Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds (or an abnormally low reading on a pulse oximeter, if you have one).
Anyone who tests positive should stay home. People looking for where to get tested should visit the Testing Locator page on the DOH website. Locations are listed by region. People should also consider activating WA Notify on their smart phones, which anonymously sends alerts to people who have been exposed.

Vaccination is still the best defense against COVID-19, especially severe disease. Everyone 16 and over is eligible for a booster, and children 5 and over should start their two-dose series immediately.


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