Quarantine Information


Do I have to quarantine after I travel out of state? (Pennsylvania Residents)
  • Completing a 10-day quarantine after traveling outside of Pennsylvania is required if an individual does not have proof of a negative test result.
  • Individuals should stay in their quarantine location for the full 10 days and avoid physically interacting with others. If individuals do not want to quarantine, they can be tested in the 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania or upon entering Pennsylvania.
  • If they have a negative test result, they will not have to quarantine. If they are awaiting a test result, or choose not to obtain a test, they must quarantine until they receive a negative test result, or for the full 10-day period.

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Do I have to quarantine after I travel out of state? (New Jersey Residents)
  • New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time.
  • If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (Rapid Antigen and Abbott ID Now are viral tests) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.
  • If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.
  • If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

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** As of Dec. 1, 2020, this information is accurate. For the most up to the minute changes, check the PA DOH, NJ DOH, and CDC.


Alternative options to 14-Day quarantine for COVID-19 positive asymptomatic Pennsylvania residents

CDC and PA DOH allow a shorter quarantine (7 days) for COVID-19 positive asymptomatic people with a negative test on days 5-7.
The DOH recommends the following alternative options to a 14-day quarantine:

  1. Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. However, it is recommended that symptom monitoring continue until day 14.
  2. If diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available, quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring.
  3. The specimen must be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7
  4. In order to discontinue quarantine after Day 7, specimens must be collected on or after Day 5. Specimens collected prior to this date will not be sufficient to allow quarantine to end early.
  5. Either RT-PCR or antigen tests would be acceptable testing methods for discontinuation of quarantine. Persons can discontinue quarantine at these time points only if the following criteria are also met.
  • No clinical evidence of COVID-19 has been elicited by daily symptom monitoring during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which quarantine is discontinued.
  • Daily symptom monitoring continues through quarantine Day 14.
  • Persons are counseled regarding the need to adhere strictly through Day 14 after exposure to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., masking, physical distancing)
  • If any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the DOH at 1-877-PA-HEALTH,their local health department or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status.Testing for the purpose of earlier discontinuation of quarantine should be considered only if it will have no impact on community diagnostic testing. Testing of symptomatic persons seeking evaluation for infection must be prioritized.

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