Guidance for Quarantine & Isolation


Updated Guidance with Vaccination Included

Guidance for People with Symptoms

Anyone with symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing) should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others. Do NOT go to the emergency room unless medically necessary in order to ensure hospital resources are available for those with the most critical needs.


COVID-19 symptoms may include: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • 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

*This list is not all-inclusive. For the most current list of symptoms visit the CDC. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


Any of the above symptoms that are manageable without medical care. 

Make sure to isolate yourself.
If you are an older adult, or you have certain underlying medical conditions, you may want to check in with a health care provider to be prepared in case of worsening symptoms. 

Consider a nurseline or telehealth


Symptoms for which you need medical care, but it isn’t an emergency.

Continue to isolate yourself.

Consider a telehealth or nurseline.


  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion 
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms.

If you go to a hospital without calling 911, call the hospital ahead of time and tell them your symptoms. 

Definition of Household

  • For single-family houses, apartments, or other similar housing, a household consists of the members of that house/unit. (Note that some units are subject to occupancy limits under local or state laws.)
  • For dormitories or other congregate housing (e.g. sororities and fraternities), a household consists of the person who lives in the room and any person with whom they share a room in which they both sleep (i.e. roommate.)
    • A dormitory, sorority, or fraternity, therefore, may consist of manyseparate households.
    • In these situations, residents should wear masks when in common areas with members of other households.


What is quarantining?

  • Quarantining prevents the ongoing spread of the virus to other people by individuals who know they have been exposed or are likely to have been exposed, but do not yet know if they have been infected. It’s a precaution and an effective tool to prevent viral spread since people infected with COVID-19 can be contagious even without having symptoms.
  • Quarantining can be voluntary, and people should self-quarantine if they have a known exposure and do not know whether they have been infected. Public Health also has the legal authority to issue quarantine orders to people who were exposed to a contagious disease. This will not occur in most cases and is reserved for circumstances where it is difficult for people to voluntarily quarantine, Pursuant to the legal authority set forth in § 25-1.5-102(1), C.R.S.

How will I know to Quarantine?

People who are exposed to COVID-19 should voluntarily quarantine to slow the spread of disease. If a person is identified as a contact to a confirmed case a Quarantine Notice will be issued by Public Health and direct the contact to follow the instructions listed below:

  • Avoid public places for 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person.
    • Avoid public transportation (i.e. airplane ship, bus, long-distance bus, train, or taxi).
    • Essential travel should be coordinated with public health.
    • Remain in the location that has been designated for your quarantine for the entire 14 days.
    • Do not go to work. Working from a home-based office is permitted.
    • Do not go to school, grocery stores, or other public places.
    • If you do not have symptoms, the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment may authorize limited outdoor activities near your designated location (e.g. take a walk) as long as you maintain a minimum of six feet from any other individual.
  • Wear a face mask when you are around other people or pets, and before you enter a health care provider’s office.
  • Monitor yourself for fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste or smell, chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, runny nose, nausea/vomiting for 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person.
  • Notify your primary healthcare provider if you develop any of the above symptoms. If you are unable to reach your healthcare provider or do not have a healthcare provider that you see for routine medical care, please refer to for telehealth options.
  • Before seeking ANY medical attention in an office, clinic, or hospital, you must call and inform your healthcare providers that you are under quarantine for potential contact with COVID-19. You will be informed of precautions you must take to prevent infecting others at the time you are seeking medical attention. If your condition requires calling 911, you must inform the 911 operator that you are under quarantine for potential contact to COVID-19.
  • After 14 days from the last day you were in close contact with the sick person (per quarantine end date above), and are symptom-free, you may resume all normal activities.

Return to Work or School Notice

  • Your employer or school may request that the Health Department “clear” you for return to work or school. PDPHE does not issue return to work or school letters. Once you have met the following criteria, it is appropriate for you to return to work or school.
    • You are free of symptoms (listed above) AND it has been 14 days since you last had contact with the sick person per the quarantine end date listed above.