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Isolation and Quarantine Calculator


You have tested positive: Use the Isolation Calculator

If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home and isolate for 5 days from when your symptoms began. If you do not have symptoms isolate for 5 days from the day of your positive test. If your symptoms have gotten better or you do not develop symptoms after 5 days you can leave your house, but continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days.

If you still have a fever or are not feeling that symptoms have gotten better after 5 days, continue to stay home until 24 hours after your fever resolves and you are not using fever reducing medications (such as Tylenol or ibuprofen) and symptoms have improved. Continue to wear a mask around others through the 10th day from symptom onset. If you cannot mask, continue to isolate at home for the 5 additional days.


You have been identified as a close contact: Use the Quarantine Calculator

If you have had your COVID-19 booster vaccination OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months: Wear a mask around others for 10 days from your last exposure (day zero). You do not have to stay home. Test on day 5, if possible. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you are not vaccinated for COVID-19 vaccine OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted: Stay home for 5 days from your last exposure (day zero). After that continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days. If you cannot quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days. Test on day 5 if possible. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

We encourage you to use the Isolation and Quarantine Calculator on this page and use the resources listed below. Questions about quarantine, isolation, self-care, and symptoms can also be directed to the PHD’s COVID Call Center Monday-Friday at 877-415-5225 (closed on holidays).


NOTE: These calculators are intended for the general public. Special populations living and working in higher-risk settings have separate guidance. This includes healthcare workers, individuals living in congregate settings, immunocompromised individuals, and schools. If you are in one of these categories, please review the specific guidance. Please follow your workplace, school, and childcare guidance if stricter than what is outlined in this tool.

K-12 students exposed in an instructional setting SHOULD quarantine from the community and follow their school’s guidance on when to return. Below is a list of school resources:

(if you have symptoms &/or tested positive)


For ongoing exposures, call PHD’s Call Center at 877-415-5225





Quarantine vs. Isolation

  • What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
  • You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus. | CDC
  • You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms. | CDC


Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

What to do:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.


Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

What to do:

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around other people if able.

When to seek emergency medical attention

  • Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 tests are available that can test for current infection or past infection.

Types of tests

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection. Two types of viral tests can be used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests.
  • An antibody test (also known as a serology test) might tell you if you had a past infection. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection.
  • Get Tested for COVID-19

Three COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment facilities will be stood up in North Idaho, eastern Idaho, and the Treasure Valley. Monoclonal antibody treatment involves therapeutic medications that are proving to be effective in keeping people from getting severely ill and requiring hospitalization after contracting COVID-19. The centers will help preserve hospital bed capacity for the severely ill.

Specific information about the exact location of the treatment centers will be made available in the coming days. Additional treatment centers may be added later.

Patients visiting the treatment centers must have a referral from a doctor. The treatments are free.

Learn more about monoclonal treatments and Idaho’s efforts, HERE.

Quarantine and isolation can occur concurrently in a household if all of the following are implemented:

Limit contact

  • The person who is sick should isolate
    • The sick person should separate themselves from others in the home.
    • If possible, have the person who is sick use a separate bedroom and bathroom.
    • If possible, have the person who is sick stay in their own “sick room” or area and away from others.
    • Try to stay at least 6 feet away from the sick person.
    • Shared space: If you have to share space, make sure the room has good air flow. Open the window to increase air circulation. Improving ventilation helps remove respiratory droplets from the air.
    • Avoid having visitors. Avoid having any unnecessary visitors, especially visits by people who are at higher risk for severe illness.

Eat in separate rooms or areas

Avoid sharing personal items

Wear a mask

  • The person who is sick should wear a mask when they are around other people at home and out (including before they enter a doctor’s office).
  • The mask helps prevent a person who is sick from spreading the virus to others. It keeps respiratory droplets contained and from reaching other people.
  • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is not able to remove the covering without help.


  • Put on a mask and ask the sick person to put on a mask before entering the room.

Clean your hands often

If you are unable to separate infectious persons from well persons in the household by following all risk reductions, it is important to implement as many of the risk reductions as possible. Household members will need to quarantine for 14 days after the infectious person is out of isolation which is the last known exposure date. See section on quarantine.

People you have been around during the two-day period prior to the start of your symptoms (or if you are asymptomatic, two days before your positive COVID-19 specimen collection date), through to the time you start isolation, are at greatest risk of infection and should be prioritized for notification. Learn more, about identifying & talking to your close contacts, HERE.

Idaho Hotlines & Resources

The following is a list of COVID-19 testing sites in our community, though it may not be inclusive of all locations, and type of testing offered may vary (e.g. PCR nasal swab vs. antibody testing).

NOTE: Many sites require a phone or online screening before testing. Please visit the website for each location to learn more about specific pre-test screening requirements, processes, and hours before going to a testing location.



View Panhandle Health District’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage, HERE for more information.