Isolation and Quarantine Orders

48 Hours

On March 25, county officials announced Public Health Officer Orders requiring people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are presumed to be positive to self-isolate for a period of 7 days and 3 days of being symptom-free; and requiring all close contacts of these individuals to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure. The orders were amended on April 1 to revise the time period that a patient with COVID-19 is considered infectious to begin 48 hours before symptom onset instead of from the first day of symptom onset. This is based on new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The orders have been revised to require that individuals with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 notify all persons with whom they had close contact beginning 48 hours before their symptom onset.

Home isolation instructions for people with COVID-19 are available at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/HomeisolationenCoV.pdf

Home quarantine guidelines for close contacts to COVID-19 patients are available at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeQuarantine.pdf

Read the orders at the links below:

April 1 2020 Revised Self-Isolation Order (Diagnosed)

April 1, 2020 Revised Self-Quarantine Order (Exposed)

What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine? 

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.