Isolation & Quarantine

Isolation or Quarantine: What's the difference?

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.


Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Who needs to quarantine?

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 AND

  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • Are unvaccinated

If you have been boosted, completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months or completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months, you should wear a mask around others for 10 days and test on day 5. If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

What counts as close contact?

  • Anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
  • Steps to take

    When to start and end quarantine

    Recommended quarantine length varies based on vaccination status, including whether or not you have received a booster shot. Find CDC’s recommendations for your situation.

    If you have questions, please call and speak to a public health professional at 918-582-9355.


    Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

    People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

    Who needs to isolate:

    • People who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home
    • People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2

    Isolation Steps to take
    Stay home except to get medical care:

    • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately
    • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible
    • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
    • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
    • Wear a mask when around other people, if you are able to
    • Learn more about what to do if you are sick.

    When you can be around others
    When you can be around others (end home isolation) after you had or likely hand COVID-19 depends on different factors for different situations. Find CDC’s recommendations for your situation.

    Oklahoma COVID-19 Record Portal

    This portal is for the use of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 (case) and people who have been named as contacts to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 (contact).

    Please register to complete any surveys you have received texts about, add contacts to a current case of COVID-19, and/or to get letters needed for work/school. Surveys and letters are available within the portal for all authorized cases and contacts using your phone number.