Last content update: 2/8/24
On January 9, 2024, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new isolation and quarantine recommendations for the general public to focus on protecting those most at risk for serious illness while reducing social disruption that is disproportionate to recommendations for the prevention of other endemic respiratory viral infections. The revised guidance recommends that people with COVID-19 isolate until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and their symptoms are mild and improving. The guidance also recommends that people with COVID-19 continue to mask around others and avoid contact with people at higher-risk of severe COVID-19 for a full 10 days.
As Santa Clara County moves to align with this new isolation guidance, the County Public Health Department wants our community to be aware that the best scientific information still indicates that individuals with COVID-19 may be infectious for around 10 days after they become sick or test positive. In addition, COVID-19 continues to cause more hospitalizations and deaths in Santa Clara County than either flu or RSV. Given this ongoing risk of COVID-19 transmission, in instances where the benefits outweigh the harms, individuals may consider using additional layers of protection when feasible, such as maximizing indoor ventilation and filtration, working remotely, and avoiding large indoor gatherings.