Pima County Health Department Info for Person Under Investigation & Close Contact at Home Guidance

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak: Person Under
Investigation (PUI) & Close Contact At-Home Guidance

Updated March 12, 2020
This is a rapidly evolving situation. Recommendations will be updated and shared as new information becomes available.

If you HAVE or ARE BEING EVALUATED FOR COVID-19, you should:
• Stay at home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public
transportation or taxis.
• Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
• Separate yourself from others in the home.
• Wear a facemask when in the same room with other people and when you visit a healthcare provider.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes.
• Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid sharing household items like dishes, cups, eating utensils, and bedding.
• Monitor your symptoms and seek medical care if your illness is worsening.
o Before going to your medical appointment, inform the healthcare provider that you have, or are being
evaluated for, COVID-19.
You will be asked to stay in home isolation:
• If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should remain in home isolation for seven days after your COVID19 testing OR until 72 hours after your fever and symptoms of acute infection are gone, whichever is longer.
• If you have a fever and respiratory symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19, you should stay home
away from others until 72 hours after your fever and symptoms or acute infection are gone.
If you LIVE or HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT with someone who has or is being evaluated for COVID-19, you
should:
• Monitor your health starting from the day you first had close contact with the person who has or is being
evaluated for COVID-19, and continue for 14 days after you last had close contact with the person.
• If you do not have any symptoms, continue with your daily activities such as work, school, or other public
areas.
• Watch for these signs and symptoms:
o Fever. Take your temperature twice a day.
o Coughing.
o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
o Other symptoms: chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.
• Have only people in the home who are essential to providing care for the person – other household members
should stay in another home or place of residence. If this is not possible, they should stay in another room and
be separated from the person as much as possible.
• Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Avoid sharing household items like dishes, cups, eating utensils, and bedding
• Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones,
keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables with a diluted bleach solution or a household disinfectant that says “EPAapproved.”
• To make a diluted bleach solution, add 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 quart of water.
If you develop fever or any of the symptoms listed:
• Call your healthcare provider right away.
• Before going to your medical appointment, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your close contact
with someone who is confirmed to have or is being evaluated for COVID-19. This will help the healthcare
provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.
• Ask your healthcare provider to call the Pima County Health Department at (520) 626-6016 (available 24/7).