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Instructions for Return to Work (Release from Isolation) after Testing Positive for COVID-19

The Scioto County Health Department has developed the following guidance for Release from Isolation for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.   Please note that these are minimum recommendations for release from isolation.  Employers may have stricter requirements for return-to-work after testing positive, so please check with your employer for their requirements.  

Please see the Ohio Department of Health's flowchart for instructions on how long to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19.  Click on the link below:
Ohio Department of Health - What to Do If You Have COVID-19

If you tested positive for COVID and you need documentation to return to work or school, please follow the instructions below.

1. Print your COVID-19 Test Result. 
   (You can get this from the facility that tested you or from your hospital portal - NOT from the Health Department.)

2. Print the Health Commissioner's Isolation Recommendations Letter from the link below.
3. Print and complete the COVID-19 Instructions for Isolation / Release from Isolation from the link below.
Present these documents to your workplace as documentation for return to work or school.  


Instructions to determine your Isolation Start Date and Release Date for COVID-Positive Persons:

If you had symptoms:
Day 0 is your symptom onset date.  Isolate at home for Days 1-5.  You may be released from isolation on Day 6 IF you are fever free (without fever-reducing meds) and your other symptoms are resolved or significantly improved.  After your release, you should continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days whenever your are around other people.  

         Example:  Tested Positive And Have Symptoms -
         If symptom onset date was January 1 (Day 0), you may be released from isolation on January 7 (Day 6) IF you have
         been fever-free (with no fever-reducing meds) for 24 hours, and your other symptoms are significantly improved.  
         Continue to wear a mask around others until January 12.

If you had no symptoms, but you tested positive:
Day 0 is your test collection date.  Isolate at home for Days 1-5.  Monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days.  You may be released from isolation on Day 6 IF you never developed any symptoms.  After your release, you should continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days whenever your are around other people.   

         Example:  Tested Positive But No Symptoms -
         If test collection date was January 1 (Day 0), you may be released from isolation on January 7 (Day 6) IF you
         remain symptom-free.  Continue to wear a mask around others until January 12.

IMPORTANT:
  • Please do not call the Health Department for a Release Letter to Return to Work. We will simply refer you to this page.
  • Remember, your workplace may still have additional requirements before allowing you to return to work.  Please check with your employer to make sure you have met their requirements before returning to work.