Self-Quarantine Patient Information

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a quarantined person needs to be isolated because they are at high risk of developing an infectious disease, or they have tested positive for an infectious disease. In this case, the infectious disease in the new coronavirus called COVID-19.

If you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you are helping protect your family, friends, and the community from possible exposure to this contagious disease by following self-quarantine guidelines. Following self-quarantine guidelines is especially important to keep the most vulnerable people in your family and community safe, such as the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions.

How long do I need to be in self-quarantine?
You will need to be in self-quarantine for 14 days. Your doctor will let you know what to do after the 14 days, which will depend on your individual test results and exposure risk.

How can I manage my health at home while I’m in self-quarantine?

  • Stay home from work, school, and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a facemask.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels, and bedding.
  • Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs, with disinfectant. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
  • Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your doctor immediately.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • If you have a medical appointment, call the doctor’s office ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
  • For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.

I tested positive for COVID-19. How will I know if I can come out of self-quarantine?
Please call your doctor to talk about specific steps you need to take before you can stop self-quarantine. You should not stop self-quarantine until you speak with your doctor.

Here are general guidelines from the CDC for people with COVID-19 who have self-quarantined for 14 days:

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 72 hours (three full days 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 seven days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

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

  • You no longer have a 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.

I tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered. What can I do to help others who are fighting the virus?
Nuvance Health is actively developing a convalescent plasma program to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. If a person has tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, they may be able to donate their blood plasma. This blood plasma contains antibodies that can be transferred to patients fighting the virus. 

In order to donate, a person must have had a positive COVID-19 test, be symptom-free for at least 14 days with a repeat negative swab, or 28 days symptom-free with no need for a repeat swab.

Nuvance Health is presently recruiting volunteers. Potential donors can register by filling out an online questionnaire located atnuvancehealth.org/plasmadonorregistration, or call 888-410-1211 for more information.

Where can I go for more information?
We understand how unsettling these times are as we receive updates on the spread of COVID-19. Stay informed with accurate facts from trusted sources to lessen some of your fears. Focus on facts, take a deep breath, and remember that we’re all in this together.

  • For general questions or concerns, call the Nuvance Health COVID-19 Community Hotline at 888-667-9262. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • For information regarding Connecticut, visit CT.gov/coronavirus or call 211.
  • For information regarding New York, visit health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus or call 1-888-364-3065.
  • The CDC is updating information on its website daily. Stay informed by visiting cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Nuvance Health is keeping the communities informed on our website and on social media @NuvanceHealth, or search for your hospital’s name. Nuvance Health hospitals include: Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Sharon Hospital in Connecticut; Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York.