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COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

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January 15, 2021
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Dear Neighbors,

As Omicron surges and we face limited testing availability, it can be challenging knowing when and how to get tested. To help get tests to those who need it, follow these guidelines to see when you should get tested:

You should get a COVID-19 test if: * You have new symptoms such as fatigue, headache, body/muscle aches, cough, fever, sore throat, and/or congestion. * You have symptoms and are at high risk for severe illness because of other medical conditions, age, or have a compromised immune system. You may qualify for treatment to reduce your risk of severe illness. Consider getting tested if you had a known exposure to someone with COVID 2-5 days ago, especially if you are unvaccinated. Given how extremely contagious the Omicron variant is, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot get tested: * Assume you have COVID-19 and follow isolation guidelines. * If members of your household are having similar symptoms, and at least one of them tests positive for COVID-19, you can probably assume that all members have COVID-19. Do not get a PCR test if: * You have tested positive in the last 90 days. * You have already tested positive with a rapid home test. * You need a negative test to end isolation early (for that, use a rapid home/antigen test). Please do not come to the Emergency Room if you ONLY need a COVID-19 test.

If you test positive, prepare to isolate at home. We've outlined those steps to take below:

Isolate and stay home and away from others for at least 5 days. Visit for Isolation support services
Isolation starts on the day your symptoms started OR the day your positive COVID test was collected (use the earlier day)   Stay home until you are better and will not make others sick   Sleep and stay in a separate room   Use a separate bathroom if you can   Wear a mask, even at home
End isolation after Day 5 IF You feel well or are getting better AND A test (antigen test preferred) collected on Day 5 or later is negative. Wear a well-fitting mask and continue to watch for symptoms through Day 10
Continue to isolate for at least 10 days IF You are unable to test, Your Day 5 test is positive OR You choose not to test. If you have a weaker immune system or have another illness, your doctor may tell you to isolate for longer
Talk to your close contacts   People who were in close contact with you should follow the Quarantine Steps   To get help to tell your Close Contacts, call 408-970-2870

For those who are exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow the quarantine steps outlined on

Together in health, County of Santa Clara

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REMINDER: You are required to have an up-to-date vaccination by January 24, 2022 if you work in the following settings:       Skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, adult day care facilities, and memory care facilities       Healthcare delivery facilities (such as hospitals, clinics, medical offices, dialysis centers, etc.)       Medical first responders        Jails and other correctional facilities       Congregate shelters
If you work in these high-risk settings, make sure your COVID-19 vaccination is up-to-date by Jan 24, 2022.

"Up-to-Date" means that you not only received your initial two doses (or single J&J dose) but have also received a booster if eligible.

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