In response to the shifting landscape of COVID-19, our local health department has changed how we follow up with cases. We continue to monitor all incoming reported COVID-19 cases and have tailored our outreach to the needs of the community. If you tested positive for COVID-19, you may receive an automated SMS message from Del Norte County asking you to respond if you would like or if you need assistance. If you need assistance in any way, we encourage you to call us at 707-464-0861.
You have received a positive test result for COVID-19. Here's what to do next. For the most up-to-date information, refer to the statewide guidance.
All persons with COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status or previous infection, should:
Persons Who Test Positive for COVID-19
|Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms.|
*Antigen test preferred.
You're a close contact to a positive case of COVID-19. Here's what to do next. For the most up-to-date information, refer to the statewide guidance.
All close contacts, whether quarantined or not:
Should consider testing as soon as possible to determine infection status and follow all isolation recommendations above if tested positive. Knowing one is infected early during quarantine enables (a) earlier access to treatment options, if indicated (especially for those that may be at risk for severe illness), and (b) notification of exposed persons (close contacts) who may also benefit by knowing if they are infected. If testing negative before Day 3, retest at least a day later, during the 3-5 day window following exposure.
|Asymptomatic Persons Who are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (No Quarantine)||Recommended Actions|
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
Persons infected within the prior 90 days do not need to be tested, quarantined, or excluded from work unless symptoms develop.
Certain exposures may be deemed higher risk for transmission, such as with an intimate partner, in a household with longer periods of exposure, or while performing unmasked activities with increased exertion and/or voice projection or during prolonged close face-face contact (e,g., during contact sports like wrestling, during indoor group singing, during crowded events where cheering occurs like games, concerts or rallies, particularly if indoors). In such cases, exposed persons should be extra vigilant in undertaking recommended mitigation measures.
Similarly, if the close contact is more likely to become infected due to being unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or if they are more likely to transmit the virus to those who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19, they should also take greater care in following recommendations to limit spreading the virus to others during the 10 days following their exposure. These close contacts should get tested, and may consider quarantining or self-limiting their exposure to others, and are strongly recommended to follow the testing and mitigation measures outlined in this guidance.
A high-risk setting is one in which transmission risk is high (e.g., setting with a large number of persons who may not receive the full protection from vaccination due to co-existing medical conditions), and populations served are at risk of more serious COVID-19 disease consequences including hospitalization, severe illness, and death. As such, CDPH is recommending the following work exclusions for staff working in these settings to protect the populations served, and maintaining quarantine recommendations for patients, residents and clients served in these settings, consistent with CDC recommendations.
|Persons Who are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Work Exclusion & Quarantine) - High Risk Settings**||Recommended Actions|
Incompletely vaccinated; AND
Not infected with SARS-CoV-2 within the prior 90 days.
Recommendations for staff:
Recommendations for residents:
**High-Risk Settings include:
CDPH recommends that while not excluded from work, vaccinated and boosted healthcare personnel working in high-risk settings test immediately upon notification of exposure, and at 3-5 days.