Options to Shorten Quarantine

  • A person who had known close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case should quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to the case. However, individuals may be eligible for the acceptable options to shorten quarantine outlined below.

    • Safest: Full 14 days quarantine at home
    • Safer option - Full 10 days with no testing: Days 1-10 quarantine at home; Days 11-14 released from quarantine, but monitor for symptoms and wear a mask
    • Safe option - Full 5 days with testing on or after day 5**: Days 1-6 quarantine at home; Days 7-14 released from quarantine after receiving negative test, but monitor for symptoms and wear a mask

    Individuals may use safer or safe alternatives only if the following conditions are met:

    • Individual does not live in a congregate setting; AND
    • No clinical evidence of COVID-19 has been elicited by daily symptom monitoring during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which quarantine discontinued; AND
    • Daily symptom monitoring continues through quarantine day 14; AND
    • Strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., correct and consistent mask use, physical distancing) continues through quarantine day 14.

    MUSD Health Services staff will follow-up with employees during self-monitoring phase to inquire about development of symptoms and provide further guidance.


    *PCHD has updated the guidance to align with revised CDC recommendations to allow for a shorter quarantine duration for people exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. Close contacts living in congregate settings, where there is a much higher risk of disease spread, are required to quarantine the full 14-day period.

    ** A Negative test at least 5 days full days following exposure might allow close contact to end quarantine and return on day 7 if no symptoms reported. 

    If symptoms develop during any quarantine timeframe, isolate and get tested. Learn more at the Pima County COVID-19 Resource page.