Home Isolation and Quarantine Guidance - Contact Tracing

As of January 3, 2022, the County of Santa Clara has aligned its isolation and quarantine guidance for the general public with California Department of Public Health’s guidelines. As such, the following guidance is recommended for the public 4.

  1. Persons who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms should:

    • Isolate and stay home for at least 5 days.
    • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen1 collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
    • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
    • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.
    • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

    1Antigen test preferred.

  2. Persons who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 who are unvaccinated OR vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received their booster dose should:

    • Quarantine and stay home for at least 5 days, after your last contact with a person who has COVID-192.
    • Test on day 53.
    • Quarantine can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present and a diagnostic specimen collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
    • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
    • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
    • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.

    2In a workplace setting, asymptomatic employees who are fully vaccinated and booster-eligible but not boosted are not required to stay home from work if (1) a negative diagnostic test is obtained within 3-5 days after last exposure to a case, (2) employee wears a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, and (2) employee continues to have no symptoms. The employee should still follow quarantine guidance above while not at work. This guidance is not applicable to healthcare personnel or staff in congregate settings.

    3Exposed persons, 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.

  3. Persons who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 who are boosted OR vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible do NOT need to quarantine but should still:

    • Test on day 53
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
    • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
    • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.

    3Exposed persons, 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.

4The above guidance does NOT apply to those living or working in congregate settings such as jails and shelters, nor to healthcare providers in any kind of healthcare facility. Persons who work in or attend school settings should follow the CDPH K-12 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.

Businesses may consider applying the recommendations for unvaccinated individuals to anyone with a household exposure regardless of vaccine status.

Legitimate Text

Received a text message and wondering if it is legitimate? You may be contacted if you were near someone who has COVID-19 or if you tested positive. Protect your family and friends by responding immediately. If you get a text from 23393, answer the text. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 in California.

View CDPH’s informational video and see Texts & Survey for Contact Tracing – What to Expect to learn more about this.

Note: For the County’s current home isolation and quarantine guidance, please use this link: Home Isolation and Quarantine Guidance (revised 1/11/22)

Texts & Survey for Contact Tracing – What to Expect

Why did I get this text message?

  • We need you to complete a COVID-19 contact tracing survey.
  • We may need to notify you of a positive test and/or COVID-19 exposure.
  • We also will follow-up with symptom check-ins through text messages to see if you feel sick. 
  • This is an automated system created by the state of California. It is used to support you as part of Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 contact tracing efforts.

Why is it so important to respond to the text message?

  • The sooner you respond, the sooner you can get important information, advice, testing, and any support you need.
  • Early medical care can improve your outcome if you do get sick.
  • Being aware of possible COVID-19 exposure helps you protect your friends and loved ones from exposure and illness. Responding to the text message can keep you from spreading the disease to others.

How do I know if this text message is legitimate or a scam?

  • CA Connected Logo - Keeping our families and communities healthy

    If you receive a text with a link from the phone number 233-93, it is safe to click on the link in this text message.
  • The text message points you to a state of California website called California Connected at caconnected.cdph.ca.gov. This is a safe and secure way to share information with us.

Below are screenshots of what someone would receive being asked to complete the survey:

CA Connected Screenshots of Phone

CA Connected Screenshots of Phone

Screenshot #1

Description: This is the text message you will receive from Santa Clara County Department of Public Health.

Hi Donald, this your Santa Clara County Department of Public Health reaching out about an important health issue. Please click the link to access your secure message. Your information is kept confidential and protected by California’s strict privacy laws. https://caconnected.cdph.ca.gov/?token=I2G4Z5E4H1&id=3A.

Nos estamos comunicando con usted para compartir información importante sobre su salud. Para español, responda “2”.

Screenshot #2

Description: After you click the link in the text message, this will be the first page of the survey. You will be asked to enter your name, zip code and date of birth into the form.

Caconnected.cdph.ca.gov

Please enter your date of birth and you zip code to confirm your identity

Name: Donald

Zip Code

Date of Birth

[Continue button]

Screenshot #3

Description: After you click the ‘continue’ button, you will be taken to the next page of the survey, where you can view the privacy policy and begin to answer the survey questions.

Caconnected.cdph.ca.gov

The Santa Clara Department of Public Health is working hard to slow the spread of COVID-19. You can help us by answering a few very important questions. The answers you give will help us protect you, the people in your house, and your community. And your answers will also help us learn how COVID-19 is spreading in our area.

We WILL NOT ask for your Social Security Number, income, credit card information, passwords, or immigration status.

“View Privacy Policy” – this allows you to view details of your privacy rights and use of information.

“Continue” – start questions.

[Continue button]

[View Privacy Policy button]

How does the text message system work?

  • You may receive links on your phone for Surveys, FAQs, or the Symptom Monitoring System. You can reply STOP at any time to stop receiving messages.
  • All information collected is protected and will be used only for public health purposes. No information will ever be requested about an individual’s Social Security Number, payment information, or immigration status.
  • Please see the CDPH website to learn more.

Why is it important to respond to a text if we might also receive a call from a Contact Tracer ?

  • With the Omicron variant spreading more rapidly than previous COVID-19 variants, contact tracers are working hard to reach every case and contact.
  • The text message system is a tool that will help contact tracers keep pace with the rise of cases due to the Omicron variant. The Virtual Assistant also helps ensure that every person is provided the information and support they need in a timely manner.

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Phone Calls for Contact Tracing – What to Expect

Illustration of woman in chair on the phone talking to a doctor

 

As a community, we need each and every one of us to do our part to slow the spread and keep our community healthy.

Your privacy is incredibly important to us, and any information you provide will only be used by the Public Health Department to ensure the health and safety of our community. You will never be asked for your social security number, financial information, or immigration status.

What happens when a contact tracer calls me?

You may receive a text and then a call from 916-262-7553 with the caller identity as “CA COVID TEAM.” This is our County of Santa Clara COVID Support Team trying to reach you. You can help protect your family and friends by answering the call.

The goal of the call is to make sure you have everything you need to safely stay home and prevent exposure to others.

If you have tested positive, our COVID Support Team will confirm your identity, ask you how you are feeling, and ask a few key questions to help us learn about your case. We will then ask you to think about where you have been in the 48 hours before your symptoms started until now. If you have no symptoms, we will ask you to think back to 48 hours before your positive test was taken until now. We will ask about the people who were in close contact with you and may have been exposed. Anyone who may have been exposed will be contacted to let them know of the exposure, while trying our best to keep your identity protected.

If you have been a close contact to someone during their contagious period, our COVID Support Team will confirm your identity and then notify you that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. We will provide information about when the exposure happened but not how or to whom, so that we can protect the identity of the person who was ill. We will answer your questions and advise that you be tested for COVID-19.

In order to stop the spread of the virus within your community, the most important thing you can do is answer our call and stay home if instructed to do so. If you have tested positive and are currently contagious or you have been exposed and could be contagious or become contagious soon, staying home will prevent others from getting infected. Our contact tracers are here to help you stay home safely and will talk to you about any help you need to stay home for the period we recommend.

How do I know the call is real or a scam?

The call you receive will come from 916-262-7553, with a location as Sacramento. The Caller ID will say that it is the CA COVID Team calling you. When we reach you, we will say that we are calling from Santa Clara County and will verify your identity by asking your birthday. We do need to ask questions about where you have been and the people you have spent time with.

The Santa Clara County COVID Support Team will never ask you for:

  • bank, credit card, or financial information;
  • money, gift cards, or money transfers;
  • Social Security numbers; or
  • immigration status.

If you want to double check that it is the Santa Clara County COVID Support Team calling you, you can hang up and call us back at 916-262-7553 to verify it is us calling. If you are using the number we called you on, you should be routed back to the contact tracer assigned to call you.

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What is required?

Due to widespread vaccination against COVID-19, most of the previous State and County restrictions have been lifted. For information regarding the currently applicable COVID-19 rules, please see the County’s ”Public Health Orders” webpage and the County’s “Public Health Orders Frequently Asked Questions” webpage, which also links to various State resources.

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What is isolation? What is quarantine?

Both words mean staying home, without contact with others, for a certain period of time in order to prevent the spread of disease. “Isolation” is used for a person who has had a positive test result or symptoms and is likely contagious, and “quarantine” is used if a person was in close contact with someone who had a positive test result and might become contagious in the near future.

Everyone who is isolating or quarantining should:

  • Stay home
  • Separate yourself from others in your home
  • Do not allow visitors
  • Do not use public transportation
  • Do not prepare or serve food to others
  • If you are unable to isolate or quarantine safely at home, let the Santa Clara County COVID Support Team member know when they call you. They will work to assess your eligibility for housing, food, or other support services.

Depending on if you are in isolation or in quarantine, there are additional actions you should take below.

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When is a person with COVID-19 considered contagious?

A person who tests positive for COVID-19 is considered contagious starting 48 hours before symptoms began until at least 5 days after symptom onset IF symptoms have resolved AND a repeat test is negative. If symptoms persist beyond day 5 from onset OR the individual has not tested negative after initial diagnosis, they are considered likely to still be contagious through day 10 from symptoms onset AND at least 24 hours after resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications (like Tylenol or ibuprofen) AND improvement of other symptoms. If a person who tests positive has NO symptoms, that person is considered contagious starting 48 hours before their first positive test was collected until 5 days after their first positive test was collected IF a repeat test is negative. See CDPH’s Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for more information.

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Who is a close contact?

A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of the infected person for at least 15 minutes at any time beginning 48 hours before the infected person had symptoms or tested positive.

Close contacts include people who had 15 minutes of continuous contact with the infected person, as well as people who had repeated short-duration interactions with the infected person that add up to at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour day. For example, if in the 48 hours before the infected person had symptoms or tested positive, someone had three 5-minute interactions with the infected person within a 24-hour period, that person would be considered a close contact.

In addition, while most face coverings reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission, they do not impact the determination of whether someone is a close contact and should quarantine.​

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Do I need to be tested for COVID-19?

Regardless of vaccination status, the County of Santa Clara urges the public to get tested for COVID-19 when experiencing symptoms of COVID-19,  when identified as a close contact to a case, and whenever recommended by the California Department of Public Health’s Updated Testing Guidance. In general, the County recommends testing immediately and again 5 days after last exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

If you have an ongoing exposure to a case and cannot separate yourself from them, follow the above testing guidance and get an additional test 5 days after the case completes their isolation period.

School aged (TK-12) Children

School aged (TK-12) children who were exposed to a COVID-19 confirmed case at school are usually asked to test as soon as they learn of the exposure and may be asked to test again on/after Day 5 after last exposure. The details of specific testing and quarantine recommendations for exposures in school settings are based on the California Department of Public Health and as directed by their school. 

Individuals Planning to Attend an Event

Individuals experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, regardless if they previously had COVID or not, should get tested. While symptomatic, individuals should not attend events or gatherings or visit congregate settings, no matter their test results. See CDPH for more information.

Mega Events

Effective December 15th, 2021 for those who cannot provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status, testing for Mega Events is required to be conducted within one day for antigen tests, and within two days for PCR tests prior to entry into the facility or venue. Please see CDPH guidance for more information on mega events.

Get Tested Before and After Traveling or Gathering

Know Before You Go. Get tested 1-3 days before a family gathering, or prior to any travel, even if you have no symptoms. Antigen testing should be done 24 hours prior to a gathering or travel. PCR testing should be done within 72 hours – with results available prior to a gathering or travel. There are no out-of-pocket costs to get tested.

Know When You Return. Test upon returning from travel. Test again 3-5 days later. See CDPH for more information.

To find testing sites and schedule an appointment, please visit www.sccfreetest.org.

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Should I get tested if I had COVID in the last 90 days?

Yes, it is recommended that persons previously infected with SARS-CoV-2, including within the last 90 days, get re-tested if to end isolation or quarantine as described above. An antigen test, nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), or LAMP test are acceptable, however, it is recommended that persons use an antigen test for ending isolation. Exposed persons who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 within 90 days prior to their current exposure should use an antigen test. Use of Over-the-Counter tests are also acceptable to end isolation or quarantine. See CDPH guidelines for more information.

For Workers: Please see AFL 21-08 for testing guidance for healthcare workers.

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What should I do while I'm waiting for test results?

If you were a close contact of a person with COVID-19 and have no symptoms, then follow the Home Quarantine Steps while you are waiting for your test results.

If you are not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you just need to wait for your test results. You do not need to follow isolation or quarantine steps while you wait for your results.

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, and they are new symptoms that you do not usually have in daily life, then you may have COVID-19 and you must follow the Home Isolation Steps, even if you are fully vaccinated.

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Home Isolation and Quarantine Guidance (revised - 1/11/22)

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Description: This document provides guidance for the public on when and how to quarantine and isolate at home. Also included are instructions for when to test and why, what to do while waiting for your test results, and what to do after you get your test results.

 

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Home Isolation Steps: What should I do if I become positive or am told to isolate?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are symptomatic and waiting for COVID-19 test results, you must follow the Home Isolation Steps to prevent the spread of disease. This requirement applies regardless of vaccination status.

Stay home until you have recovered and are not infectious.

NEW (1/3/22) - Persons who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms should:

  • Isolate and stay home for at least 5 days.
  • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen1 collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

1Antigen test preferred.

Note:

  1. The above guidance does NOT apply to those living or working in congregate settings such as jails and shelters, nor to healthcare providers in any kind of healthcare facility. For information on isolation and quarantine guidance for congregate settings, consult AFL-21-08.
  2. Persons who work in or attend school settings should follow the CDPH K-12 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.

Close Contacts

  • If you have a test confirmation or doctor’s diagnosis of COVID-19, then everyone who you had close contact with from 48 hours before your symptoms began until your isolation period ends should follow the Home Quarantine Steps. Please share this page with them.

What if you cannot separate yourself from others?

  • If you have COVID-19, anyone who continues to be in close contact with you when you are in isolation may need to extend their quarantine until 5 days from the day you finish isolating. This may last about 10 days. See CDPH’s Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for more information.

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Home Quarantine Steps: What should I do if I find out that I’ve been in close contact with a case?

When quarantine is NOT required:

NEW (1/3/22) - Persons who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 who are boosted OR vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible do NOT need to quarantine but should still: 

  • Test on day 53
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.

 3Exposed persons, 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.

Note:

  1. Quarantine exemption for previous infection is no longer applicable. See CDPH’s Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for more information.
  2. The above guidance does NOT apply to those living or working in congregate settings such as jails and shelters, nor to healthcare providers in any kind of healthcare facility. For information on isolation and quarantine guidance for congregate settings, consult AFL-21-08.
  3. Businesses may consider applying the recommendations for unvaccinated individuals to anyone with a household exposure regardless of vaccine status.
  4. Persons who work in or attend school settings should follow the CDPH K-12 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.

When quarantine is still required:

NEW (1/3/22) - Persons who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 who are unvaccinated OR vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received their booster dose should:

  • Quarantine and stay home for at least 5 days, after your last contact with a person who has COVID-192.
  • Test on day 53.
  • Quarantine can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present and a diagnostic specimen collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.

2In a workplace setting, asymptomatic employees who are fully vaccinated and booster-eligible but not boosted are not required to stay home from work if (1) a negative diagnostic test is obtained within 3-5 days after last exposure to a case, (2) employee wears a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, and (2) employee continues to have no symptoms. The employee should still follow quarantine guidance above while not at work. This guidance is not applicable to healthcare personnel or staff in congregate settings.

3Exposed persons, 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.

Note:

  1. The above guidance does NOT apply to those living or working in congregate settings such as jails and shelters, nor to healthcare providers in any kind of healthcare facility. For information on isolation and quarantine guidance for congregate settings, consult AFL-21-08.
  2. Businesses may consider applying the recommendations for unvaccinated individuals to anyone with a household exposure regardless of vaccine status.
  3. Persons who work in or attend school settings should follow the CDPH K-12 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.

Testing:

  1. All close contacts should be tested immediately if they develop symptoms.
  2. A non-household close contact (regardless of vaccination status) should test immediately AND on or after day 5 after last exposure to case.
  3. A household close contact (regardless of vaccination status) with ongoing exposure should be tested three times:
    • Immediately AND
    • 5 days after first exposure to case AND
    • 5 days after case completes their isolation period

Quarantine Guidance for Healthcare Workers

For guidance for Healthcare Workers, please consult AFL-21-08.

What if you develop symptoms?

  • If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms you must follow the Home Isolation Steps, even if you are fully vaccinated.
  • Get tested as soon as possible.  (Visit the County’s “Free COVID-19 Testing Sites” webpage for more information.)​
  • Monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical care if your symptoms are severe or your symptoms worsen, especially if you are at a higher risk of serious illness. ​

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Do I need to quarantine after traveling?

The County’s Mandatory Directive on Travel and CDPH’s Travel Advisory have both been rescinded.  However, the County Health Officer still recommends that you follow the CDC’s guidance on domestic travel and international travel.

Visit CDC’s guidance on travel for more information and learn more about the Omicron variant here.

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What do I need to know about the Omicron variant in Santa Clara County?

Omicron is a new variant of the same virus that causes COVID-19. It was declared a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization because of the possibility that it could be more easily spread or less responsive to treatment or vaccination.  More information about variants detected in Santa Clara County can be found here.

As with all COVID variants, the best way to protect yourself and loved ones is to:

(1) get vaccinated and boosted;

(2) wear your mask in indoor settings;

(3) get tested if you have symptoms; and

(4) stay home if you are sick.

 

If I have COVID-19, can I still breastfeed my child?

Breastfeeding has many benefits for both infants and breastfeeding parents. However, as breastfeeding requires the parent and child to be less than 6 feet apart, if a parent has COVID-19, there is a significant risk of COVID-19 transmission from the parent to the infant.

Some important considerations for breastfeeding when a parent has been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • There is NO evidence that breastmilk itself can transmit COVID-19.
  • Masks and face coverings have been shown to significantly reduce respiratory droplets.
  • Infants and children generally have milder illness when sick with COVID-19 and have the lowest risk of death of any age group.

The decision whether to breastfeed is a complex and personal one, and there are multiple options to reduce an infant’s risk of COVID-19 while continuing to breastfeed:

  • Consistently wear a face covering, perform frequent hand hygiene before and after breastfeeding, and reduce the total amount of time spent within 6 feet of the infant where possible.
  • Choose to pump and have another adult bottle-feed expressed breastmilk to the infant during the period the COVID+ parent is instructed to isolate. Performing frequent hand hygiene and following cleaning instructions for pump parts, bottles, and other feeding supplies may further reduce risk.
  • Pump to maintain lactation during the period the COVID+ parent is instructed to isolate (“pump and dump”), and have another adult bottle-feed formula to the infant.

If a child is already weaning (nursing less and eating more solid food), a parent may choose to stop breastfeeding during the isolation period to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission, even though it may not be possible to breastfeed afterwards.

Talk to a doctor, nurse, or lactation consultant if you have specific questions about your circumstances and breastfeeding during COVID-19 infection.

Note:  Pregnant people are strongly urged to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. The CDC and FDA have not identified any safety concerns for pregnant people who are vaccinated or for their babies, but unvaccinated pregnant people are at particularly high risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

 

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If I have COVID-19, can I still breastfeed my child?

Breastfeeding has been shown to have many benefits to both infants and breastfeeding parents. However, because breastfeeding requires the parent and child to be less than 6 feet apart, if a parent has COVID-19, there is a significant risk of COVID-19 transmission from the parent to the infant.

The decision whether to breastfeed is a complex and personal one, and there are multiple options to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for the infant while continuing to breastfeed:

  • Consistently wear a face covering, perform frequent hand hygiene before and after breastfeeding, and reduce the total amount of time spent within 6 feet of the infant where possible.
  • Choose to pump and have another adult bottle-feed expressed breastmilk to the infant during the period the COVID+ parent is instructed to isolate. Performing frequent hand hygiene and following cleaning instructions for pump parts, bottles, and other feeding supplies may further reduce risk.
  • Pump to maintain lactation during the period the COVID+ parent is instructed to isolate, and have another adult bottle-feed formula to the infant (“pump and dump”).
  • Choose to stop breastfeeding during the isolation period to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission, even though it may not be possible to breastfeed afterwards.

Some additional considerations for breastfeeding when the parent has been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Infants and children generally have been shown to have milder illness when sick with COVID-19 and have the lowest risk of death of any age group.
  • There is NO evidence that breastmilk itself can transmit COVID-19.
  • Masks and face coverings have been shown to significantly reduce respiratory droplets.

Talk to a doctor, nurse, or lactation consultant if you have specific questions about your circumstances and breastfeeding during COVID-19 infection.

Note:  Pregnant people are strongly urged to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. The CDC and FDA have not identified any safety concerns for pregnant people who are vaccinated or for their babies, but unvaccinated pregnant people are at particularly high risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

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COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance for Healthcare Workers

For COVID-19 quarantine guidance relating to healthcare workers, please see the “Managing Exposures Among Healthcare Workers” Section of the County’s “Provider Responsibilities and Guidance” webpage.

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Returning to Work or School

If you have completed your isolation and quarantine period as told to you by the Public Health Department, you may no longer be considered contagious or at high risk for infection. The Public Health Department does not provide Return to Work or Work Excuse Letters for employees or employers or School Excuse Letters for students.  You may download and print the applicable letter below showing proof that you can return to work or school if you meet the criteria in the letter and that your employer or school should not request proof of a negative test.

Note: As of January 3, 2022, isolation and quarantine guidelines for school settings have remain unchanged from previous guidelines. See CDPH's Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for Schools for additional information.

NEW 1/14/22: Return to Work Letter (PDF):
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Employees are no longer considered contagious if they meet the criteria detailed in this Return to Work letter​​. The County of Santa Clara discourages employers from requiring a medical note or a negative test to return to work as long as the criteria detailed are met.

Return to School Letter (PDF) :
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Students and staff are no longer considered contagious if they meet the criteria detailed in the Return to School Letter. For more information on guidance for school employees and students, see the Coronavirus and Education Programs webpage.

If your employer is requiring your return to work prior to the end of the isolation or quarantine period outlined in CDPH's Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for Schools provided by your health care provider and the County’s Public Health Department, please contact the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement’s free legal advice line at 1-866-870-7725 or visit www.sccfairworkplace.org to file a complaint.  Legal Advice Line attorneys are not County staff, and advice is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tagalog.

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Isolation & Quarantine Support Program

Santa Clara County COVID-19 Support Team provides resources to County residents who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as contacts to a positive case to enable them to isolate or quarantine safely. For more information please visit our Isolation and Quarantine Support Program site or call 408-808-7770.

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