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How can I safely isolate or quarantine at home if I live with others?

Last Updated: 10/06/2020

For individuals who are self-isolating or quarantining at home, but live in large or multigenerational households where others may be at risk, the Department of Health recommends taking the following precautions:

  • For large households or homes with many people, persons who are sick should remain in a separate bedroom and stay away from anyone who is not sick as much as possible.
  • If the sick person cannot be isolated in a separate room, consider having them isolate in an alternate location that has a separate bedroom and bathroom for them to rest and recover.
  • If a family member(s) has underlying health conditions, consider having them quarantine at a nearby alternate site away from the sick individual.
  • If the sick person needs to leave the bedroom to use the bathroom (or kitchen), they should wear a mask.
  • The sick individual should not eat meals with others in the household to limit the spread of the virus within the home.
  • All persons living in the home should practice good hand hygiene (Wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol).
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces regularly is important especially in the bathroom as well as doorknobs and stair rails

For individuals who cannot safely quarantine at home, the State is securing beds at hotels, an alternative care site, and other locations. Contact your local health department for help.

Source: Commissioner Persichilli's remarks 10/2/20