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7/20/2020 - COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Isolation/Quarantine Guidance

Contact Tracing 

One of the key tools we have to contain the spread of COVID-19 is Contact Tracing. For this initiative to be successful, the Health Department needs the cooperation of residents who test positive for COVID-19. The primary purpose of contact tracing is to identify and notify direct contacts of confirmed cases as quickly as possible and to ensure those exposed are self-quarantining.  The information provided in the interviews with confirmed cases helps reduce the potential spread of the virus in our community. 

There have been delays in reporting positive tests to the local health departments. Any Fairfield resident who tests positive for COVID-19 and has not received a phone call from the Fairfield Health Department or the Connecticut COVID Tracing system within 24 hours of receiving their result is urged to contact the Fairfield Health Department at 203-256-3022. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please call your medical provider or the Fairfield Health Department for more information on testing locations and isolation guidelines. The Fairfield Health Department thanks all Fairfield residents for doing their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

What to do if... 

I am well... 

Practice social distancing

  • Stay home as much as possible except to work, pick up essentials, or to receive medical care
  • Maintain a 6 foot distance from others outside of your household

I was exposed to a person with symptoms of COVID-19 or a confirmed case... 

Self-Monitor/Self-Quarantine

  • Monitor your temperature twice a day. If you develop a cough, fever and shortness of breath, call your health care provider immediately.
  • Maintain a 6’ distance from other household members and pets.
  • Sleep in a separate bedroom. Stay in that bedroom as much as possible.
  • If available, use a separate bathroom.
  • Do not eat together and do not share utensils, dishes, etc.
  • Wash hands frequently – this is for all household members. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use tissue for coughing and dispose of promptly and then wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect ‘high touch’ surfaces such as bathroom and kitchen countertops, door handles, faucets, remote controls, light switches, etc.
  • Discourage visitors
  • Unaffected household members who are well have no restrictions on their activity outside of the home. They may go to work, etc.

I am sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or have been confirmed and recovering at home... 

Self-Isolation

  • Stay in your designated room.
  • All members of the household should follow the above guidelines for self-quarantine and should not go to school, work, etc.
  • Masks should be used by both patient and household member when giving care in isolation.

How to discontinue home isolation...

People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:

  • If you will not have a test, to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened: 

You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (1 full day of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

  • If you will have a test, to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (1 full day with no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.