Quarantine & Self-Monitoring Recommendations for Close Contacts

Thank you for taking the time to review the Anchorage Health Department recommendations regarding your recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. To protect the community's health and to ensure your health and safety, you will need to quarantine yourself at home for 14 days from the date of your last significant exposure to the person who tested positive. This is subject to change if you become symptomatic and test positive for COVID-19. If you have ongoing contact with the positive case and cannot isolate from them, you will need to quarantine while in contact with them AND will not be able to begin your 14 day period until the positive case is cleared, a minimum of 24 days of quarantine.

If you are an Essential Worker:

You may continue working, but you are still on quarantine. As much as possible, do not interact with others during this period. Drive directly to and from work without running errands, wear a mask at all times when out in the community, limit contact with other people to less than 15 minutes, and most importantly, do not go to work if you feel symptomatic in any way; notify your supervisor immediately and remain home.

If you have ongoing contact with the positive case:

Currently, you have indicated that contact/exposure with your household contacts will be ongoing. As such, your contacts home quarantine will continue for 14 days after you are cleared. This is subject to change if they become symptomatic and/or test positive for the virus.
Currently, you have indicated that you will not have any further contact with household contacts. As such, their home quarantine will be for 14 days from their last contact/exposure with you. This is subject to change if they become symptomatic and / or test positive for the virus.

Monitoring Instructions:

We ask that you monitor your temperature twice a day (once in the morning and again in the evening) and record your temperatures along with any symptoms each day on the log provided. If you develop symptoms on this list that are new to you, we encourage you to contact your health care provider and consider getting tested for COVID-19. If you do not have a health care provider, please contact Alaska 211 by phone (dial 211) or online at https://alaska211.org/ for a referral to a health care provider.

Options to reduce quarantine:

The CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days but has produced two options to make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work. Options include stopping quarantine:

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 6 or later)

After stopping quarantine, you should:

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Important Reminders:

  • Remember to disinfect frequent touch surfaces regularly and wash your hands frequently.
  • Keep windows open as much as possible as open air is beneficial in limiting the spread of this virus.
  • Remember to take the time for self-care by getting adequate rest and staying hydrated!

The Municipality of Anchorage COVID-19 website lists CDC-recommended prevention measures and additional resources. This includes language resources, resources on businesses that are still open, the most updated orders by the Mayor, current COVID-19 case counts, COVID-19 investigations in the State of Alaska, and frequently asked questions.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community as safe and healthy as possible!

What we do matters. Let’s stop the spread of COVID-19 in Anchorage.