Updated, March 8, 2021
Your quarantine period starts the day you were in close contact with someone with COVID-19. Close contact means spending at least 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of someone over the course of a day, with or without a mask.
These timelines also apply if you need to quarantine for non-essential travel. This applies to people who travel to Oregon from another state or are returning to Oregon.
If you have not been vaccinated
14-day Quarantine (Safest)
We recommend a 14-day quarantine period. Staying home and away from other people for 14 days is the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
You are required to quarantine for 14 days if you live or work in a long-term care facility or other licensed group setting.
Quarantine for a full 14-days if someone in your house has COVID-19 or if you live or work with people who are at risk for serious illness from COVID-19.
If you have no symptoms, quarantine for at least 10 days. A 14-day quarantine is still best.
After 10 days, your risk of spreading the virus to others goes down. There is still a chance you can get sick and spread COVID-19 to others during days 11-14, even if you felt well on day 10.
If you end quarantine after 10 days, continue to monitor yourself for symptoms daily for the full 14 days. It is very important to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often and limit your contact with people you don’t live with.
If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others and call your doctor or clinic right away.
7-day quarantine is not recommended by Multnomah County public health
The CDC offers the option to quarantine for 7 days if you have no symptoms and get a test on day 5, 6, or 7 with a negative result. Local public health experts do not recommend this in our region because:
there is a higher chance of spreading COVID-19 to people you care about if you end your quarantine after 7 days,
there is a high demand for local testing and limited resources, and
it can be difficult to time the test just right and get results quickly.
If you have been vaccinated
Even if you are fully vaccinated, you should still monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after you were in close contact with someone with COVID. If you develop symptoms, isolate from others and call your doctor to see if you need to get tested.
If you live or work in a congregate setting like a group home or correctional facility, you must still quarantine for 14 days after you are vaccinated.
Otherwise quarantine is no longer required:
2 weeks after your 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or
2 weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine