What is the difference between Quarantine and Isolation?

Quarantine is for people who are not currently sick but who have been or may have been exposed to a communicable disease, like COVID-19. If you have been in contact with someone who has been placed on quarantine: they are not contagious---yet. They are being monitored for symptoms and are not identified as a COVID-19 positive case. Your contact with a quarantined individual does not put you at risk. Quarantined individuals have been in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case but may not have enough virus in their system to be contagious, or even develop the illness at all. Should that quarantined person develop symptoms or test positive, their contact with you within the investigation timeframe could be considered in their case investigation.

Isolation happens when a person is infected with a communicable disease, like COVID-19, and is separated from people who are healthy.

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1. What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
2. What is a close contact?
3. What is “Contact Tracing”?
4. What is the difference between Quarantine and Isolation?
5. Can isolation and quarantine be enforced?
6. I have been diagnosed with or am showing symptoms of COVID-19 – what should I do?
7. I think I have been exposed to COVID-19, but I’m not showing symptoms - what should I do?
8. I think I was in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. Now What?
9. I was told to quarantine, but I got tested and the test was negative, can I go back to work?
10. Can I get the antibody blood test to see if I had COVID-19?
11. Can you get tested in Grand County for COVID-19 if you meet the protocol? Once the person is tested, where is the specimen sent for confirmation? When will Grand County get rapid testing?
12. What are the Activity Specific Protective Measures and Guidance Playbooks?
13. What is the Compliance Verification Form?
14. What is Protect Our Neighbors?
15. How do we apply for Protect Our Neighbors?
16. How do I know what level my community is in? What rules do I follow?
17. I own a Short-Term Rental, am I allowed to operate?
18. I own a business in Grand County, what do I need to do to open?
19. What is an antibody test?
20. Do you recommend antibody testing? Why not?
21. Why do the numbers change/differ from my local health department?
22. How is it determined which county a case belongs in?
23. What’s the difference between confirmed and probable cases?
24. What community resources are available?
25. What type of healthcare is being provided?
26. What mental health and anxiety resources are available to the Grand County community?