This interim guidance is for staff at local and state health departments, infection prevention and control professionals, and healthcare personnel who are coordinating the home care and isolation1 of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, including persons undergoing testing (see Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) for more information). This includes patients evaluated in an outpatient setting who do not require hospitalization (i.e., patients who are medically stable and can receive care at home) or patients who are discharged home following a hospitalization with confirmed COVID-19 infection.
In general, people should isolate at home until the risk of secondary transmission is thought to be low. See Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare Settings for more information. Patients and caregivers can visit the If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone page to learn about COVID-19 care at home, as well as protecting others at home and in the community from COVID-19.