New Quarantine and Isolation Order Issued 3/28

From Public Health - Seattle & King County:

Quarantine and isolation

Local Health Officer Directive and Order, effective as of March 28, 2020

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and have a test result pending may place other vulnerable members of the public at risk. To protect the health of our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Local Health Officer issued the following:

Quarantine Directive

Everyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) who has a test result pending, shall stay in an quarantine location (your home if you have one or in a government directed or publicly provided location if one is available) in accordance with CDC and Public Health guidance.

If your test result is positive, you must then remain in isolation.

Isolation Order

All individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 shall enter and remain in isolation as follows:

Do not leave your home or recovery facility, except to receive medical care.

For individuals with symptoms, discontinue isolation only under the following conditions:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND,
  • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

For individuals who tested positive but have not had any symptoms, discontinue isolation when at least 7 days have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, and there has been no subsequent illness.


All individuals are strongly urged to voluntarily comply with this directive and order without delay.

Individuals who fail to comply may be subject to involuntary detention pursuant to public health authority under RCW 70.05.070 (2)-(3) and WAC 246-100-036 (3).

For more information

See the complete order for additional details, including conditions of quarantine and isolation.

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