Isolation keeps a person who tested positive for COVID-19 away from others, even in their own home. The person may be showing symptoms, but may also be symptom free.
If you test positive for COVID-19 or think you have the disease, you should isolate in your home, away from others until:
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared AND
- You have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
- Other symptoms have improved
If you test postive for COVID-19, but do not have symptoms, you should still isolate in your home, away from others:
- Stay home until after 10 days have passed since your positive test.
Quarantine keeps a person who was a close contact to someone who has COVID-19 away from others. It can take up to 14 days for a person who was exposed to develop symptoms. Quarantining while you are not sick allows you to limit the number of people you have contact with in the event you become ill.
If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19:
- Stay home until 14 days after your last contact.
- Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
If you test negative:
- It can take up to 14 days for you to become sick after being exposed to the virus. A negative test does not mean you do not have COVID-19, unless it is completed on the 14th day of your quarantine.
Authority. The department or the local health officer acting on behalf of the department may require isolation of the patient or an individual, quarantine of contacts, concurrent and terminal disinfection, or modified forms of these procedures as may be necessary, and which are determined by the department by rule. - Wis. Stat. § 252.06 (1)
Penalties. No person, other than a person authorized by the public health authority or agent of the public health authority, may enter an isolation or quarantine premises. A violation is subject to a fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed nine months, or both. - Wis. Stat. § 252.06 (4)(b)
Police Power and Limitations. Expenses for necessary medical care, food and other articles needed for the care of the infected person shall be charged against the person or whoever is liable for the person's support. - Wis. Stat. § 252.06 (10)