COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form Definitions

The following definitions (in accordance with county health department officials and CDC guidelines*) will be applied:

Incubation period: The incubation period of COVID-19 is 2 to 14 days. Most people who develop symptoms do so within 3 to 4 days after being exposed to the virus. If you are exposed to COVID-19 and you develop symptoms, you should get tested soon after you develop symptoms. If you are exposed, and you don’t develop symptoms, you should wait until 5 days post-exposure to get tested to receive the most accurate result as a potential asymptomatic carrier.

Infected Person: An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, is most likely infectious. According to medical guidelines, an infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

Primary Contact (close contact, primary exposure): You are in close contact if you’re within 6 feet away (with or without a mask) of an infected person for a prolonged period of time (15 minutes or more).

Quarantine: is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Isolation: is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

Self-Monitoring: For people without symptoms of COVID-19, but who had a low-risk exposure like being in the same workplace or restaurant at the same time as a COVID-19 case but with no close contact.

  • Practice social distancing
  • Check and record temperature twice (2x) a day and watch for COVID-19 symptoms
  • If symptoms develop, self-isolate and seek testing to confirm COVID-19 illness.