COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form Definitions
The following definitions (in accordance with county health department officials and CDC guidelines*) will be applied:
Incubation period: The incubation period of COVID-19 is 2 to 14 days. Most people who develop symptoms do so within 3 to 4 days after being exposed to the virus. If you are exposed to COVID-19 and you develop symptoms, you should get tested soon after you develop symptoms. If you are exposed, and you don’t develop symptoms, you should wait until 5 days post-exposure to get tested to receive the most accurate result as a potential asymptomatic carrier.
Infected Person: An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, is most likely infectious. According to medical guidelines, an infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
Confirmed COVID-19 Case: Report of person with COVID-19 and meeting confirmatory laboratory evidence.
Primary Contact (close contact, primary exposure): Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated..
Quarantine: is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
CDC recommends to 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 they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
Isolation: is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2 (people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have no symptoms or asymptomatic but have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected, even in their own home.
People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
Self-Monitoring: For people without symptoms of COVID-19, but who had a low-risk exposure like being in the same workplace or restaurant at the same time as a COVID-19 case but with no close contact.
- Practice social distancing
- Check and record temperature twice (2x) a day and watch for COVID-19 symptoms
- If symptoms develop, self-isolate and seek testing to confirm COVID-19 illness.