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 7 days with testing**: Days 1-7 quarantine at home; Days 8-14 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.

    Quarantine for close contact with no symptoms

    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 after 7 full days if no symptoms reported. See quarantine guidance for criteria in this special exception.

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