COVID-19 Resources and Guidance

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

December 27, 2021

The CDC has updated and shortened recommended isolation and quarantine guidance for the general public. 

COVID-19 POSITIVE OR SYMPTOMATIC – ISOLATION GUIDANCE

If you have tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, you need to stay home and isolate for 5 days.

COVID-19 EXPOSED
NOT UP-TO-DATE ON YOUR VACCINE OR BOOSTER

You are NOT up-to-date if you are not vaccinated, not fully-vaccinated, or if you are not boosted and you completed both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine more than 5 months ago or you completed the single dose of the J&J vaccine more than 2 months ago.

COVID-19 EXPOSED
UP-TO-DATE ON YOUR VACCINE & BOOSTER

You are up-to-date if you have been boosted or you have completed the primary series (both doses) of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine within the last 5 months or you have completed the primary series (single dose) of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

Resources

DHHS COVID-19 RESOURCES

CDC COVID-19 RESOURCES

Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association

Directed Health Measures

UNMC COVID-19 Back to School Playbook – Fall 2021

UNMC Science of COVID-19 in Children and Schools

Feeling Sick?

Use the CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you make decisions on when to seek medical care.

 

Local healthcare providers and urgent clinics continue to provide COVID-19 testing on-site for their patients. Contact your primary care provider to request a test at their facility. 

 

Testing for Covid-19

Free rapid at-home test kits are now available to the public. See below for pickup locations in the PHS district. 

 

ORGANIZATION OFFICE LOCATION HOURS
Public Health Solutions (main office) 830 E. 1st Street, Crete, NE Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fillmore County Blue Valley Community Action 130 S. 8th Street, Geneva, NE Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Gage County Blue Valley Community Action 2015 N. 6th Street, Beatrice, NE Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Jefferson County Blue Valley Community Action 620 5th Street, Fairbury, NE Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saline County Blue Valley Community Action 1122 Main Street, Crete, NE Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thayer County Blue Valley Community Action 327 Lincoln Avenue, Hebron, NE Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For information on completing a virtually-guided telehealth session, visit the Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Testing page.

The virtually-guided telehealth testing session provides the user with a documented result that can be used for official purposes such as travel, return to school/work, etc. and is shared with the State of Nebraska through the standard reporting process.

FAQ

What are the common symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Seek immediate medical attention for any of the following symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea)

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Seperate yourself from others inside your home.
  • Isolate at home while you are awaiting your Covid-19 test results.

For more information on Covid-19 symptoms and testing click here.

I tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do now?

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

For more information on isolation click here.

I have been exposed (close contact) to someone with Covid-19. Should I quarantine?

If you:

Have been boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

For additional information on frequently asked COVID-19 questions, visit the CDC website.