What to do if You're Sick or Exposed to COVID-19

Last updated 8/15/22

The Washtenaw County Health Department is using CDC guidance for what to do if sick or exposed. This guidance is similar to the guidance we have used since March 2022.

Anyone who develops symptoms should avoid others (isolate) and get tested (PCR or rapid antigen). Isolate while waiting for your test results.

If positive, follow isolation guidance. If negative, stay home until symptoms resolve. If symptoms worsen or change, follow up with your medical provider and consider getting another COVID-19 test.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include (new/different/worse from baseline of chronic illness): temperature 100.4+ or signs of fever (chills/sweating), sore throat, new onset of cough, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, new onset of headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches.

Important notes

  • These are guidelines for the general population. Certain settings like schools, congregate settings, and health care facilities may have additional guidance. 
  • Recommendations regarding isolation and quarantine may change as conditions evolve.
  • When we say "wear a mask" throughout this page, we mean a surgical, KN95, or N95 mask (not a cloth mask)!
  • We are not collecting data on positive at-home tests. You do not need to report positive at-home tests to the health department. We will not issue letters for employers/schools/travel for at-home test results. If you will need proof of your positive test for work, school, or travel, please get a COVID-19 test from a provider. 
  • If you have additional questions not addressed on this page, please email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and leave a message.