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How to Isolate at Home if Your Child Tests Positive for COVID

How to Isolate at Home if your Child Tests Positive for Coronavirus/COVID-19

  • Stay home – no school, playdates, visitors in the house, etc.
    • If your child needs a medical appointment, your child can be seen by a provider through a telemedicine appointment.
    • If your child needs immediate medical attention, be sure to alert emergency personnel that your child is COVID-positive.
  • Separate your child from other household members and pets.  Ideally, your child should quarantine in their room.  If he or she is not old enough to stay alone in their room, try to keep your child in room of the house.  All household members should wear a mask at ALL times.
  • Wear a mask if you are unable to separate from your child – ALL household members should wear a mask at ALL times if unable to separate from COVID-positive household members.
  • Have your child use a separate bathroom is possible.  If not, disinfect all bathroom surfaces after your child’s use and be sure to wash your hands with soap and water after disinfecting.
  • Do not share utensils, dishes, cups/glasses, bedding, towels, etc.
  • All household contacts should practice excellent hand hygiene.  All household members should wash their hands with soap often, including any contact with COVID-positive household members, before and after eating, after using bathroom, and after coughing and sneezing.

How Long your COVID-Positive Child Needs to Isolate

You need all three of these criteria:

  1. At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
  2. At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND
  3. Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

If you need a note for school/daycare, please call us for the note ONLY when all three of the above conditions are met.

If you need a note for sports clearance and you have met all the criteria to end isolation, please make an appointment for sports clearance at least two weeks after your child’s positive test result.

We cannot clear your child for sports participation without an office visit.