Your COVID Plan

Guidance for Isolation and QuarantineHave you received a positive COVID test result, or been exposed to a positive person? If you do not speak with a contact tracer, or you have a rapid antigen test result, you need to know what to do to keep your self, family and the community safe and healthy. 

Rapid Antigen Tests test results do not need to be reported, but you can choose to report them - always call or email us with any questions or concerns


If you test positive for COVID-19 on either a rapid antigen test or PCR test, you are required to self-isolate – whether you are vaccinated or not. Do not leave your home except to get medical care, do not visit public areas. If you test positive you can spread the disease to others, but be especially careful to avoid people who are at high risk of severe disease or unvaccinated.

1. Calculate your period of isolationDay 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. Follow the link, COVID-1 Isolation Guidance, to determine isolation length. Isolation is 10 days, but under some circumstances, there is an option for wearing a well fitting, high filtration mask on day six through ten and return to some activities. Please see guidance for details to see if you qualify.

2. Notify your close contacts. The people near you who are 'close contacts' of you while sick or contagious should be notified of your illness, they need to review quarantine options. A close contact is someone who comes within 6 feet of a sick person for 15 minutes, inside, regardless of wearing a mask. 

3. Get treatment. Call your provider right away to find out if an anti-viral pill, such as Paxlovid, is appropriate for you. Or, go to the quick and free State's Telehealth Site to speak with a provider about the pill.

Never hesitate to notify your provider if you need medical care or have any questions. Most people have mild illness and recover without medical care, so rest and stay hydrated and take over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin (if it's ok for you to take) to help you feel better. 

4. Rapid Antigen Tests. You do not need to take a rapid antigen test during your isolation to exit. However, if you do and have a positive antigen test, you may be contagious and you will need to continue to isolate for five more days starting at the rapid antigen test date. Please call the Health Department for guidance. 

Follow isolation guidance hereCOVID-19 Isolation Guidance for the General Public |

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quarantine: exposed or Close contact

If you are a close contact of someone with COVID (within 6 feet for 15 minutes, inside, regardless of wearing a mask), follow the quarantine recommendations below based on your vaccination status and your ability to wear a well-fitting mask consistently and correctly. All close contacts should avoid people who are at high risk of severe disease for 10 days. 

Follow Quarantine guidance here: COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance for the General Public |

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Other Setting Guidelines

Congregate Settings: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health states to follow General Population Guidelines, see DPH statement here.

Health Care Personnel:  Review definitions, Isolation and Quarantine guidance here

Links to Guidance: 

Original guidance can be found at the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public DPH.

Contact your provider if any health concerns or questions.  If you need health insurance or a provider, please call the Amherst Health Department at 413-259-3077.