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Starting on May 18, 2020, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings. Learn more:

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.

If you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you have no symptoms, Public Health recommends the following:

  • Stay in quarantine for 14 days after your last contact. This is the safest option.
  • If this is not possible, stay in quarantine for 10 days after your last contact, without additional testing.

If the first two options are not possible, stay in quarantine for 7 full days beginning after your last contact and if you receive a negative test result (get tested no sooner than day 5 after your last contact). This option depends on availability of testing resources and may not be recommended in some settings.

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 24 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 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

For individuals who tested positive but have not had any symptoms, discontinue isolation when at least 10 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.