CDC Criteria for Returning to Work or School After Testing Positive for COVID- 19.

Updated: Aug 28, 2020


This information is current as of July 21, 2020.


The CDC has provided the following guidelines for returning to work or school after testing positive for COVID-19, depending on your experience with it.


You: I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms


You can be with others after:


• At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and

• At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and

• Symptoms have improved


Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you are tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.


You: I tested positive for COVID-19, but had no symptoms


If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:


• 10 days have passed since test


Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.


If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”


DOCS! providers cannot give return to work or school clearance for any positive COVID- 19 patient unless the two negative test guidelines are followed.


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