Effective date as of September 21, 2022
Navajo Nation Guideline for individuals regardless of vaccine status (does not apply to health care workers)
||Self Care Action Plan
|Cases - Anyone who tests positive for COVID
- Isolate for 5 to 10 days: Stay at home away from others for 10 days since symptoms began (or from test date if no symptoms). Isolation can be shortened to 5 days as long as symptoms are resolving.
- Mask for 10 days: All cases must wear a high-quality mask* around others for full 10 days, both in and outside of home.
- If COVID-19 recur or worsen within 2 weeks from starting isolation: Isolate again and check with public health team.
|Contacts - Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID
- Mask and Monitor for 10 days: All close contacts must begin to mask immediately and monitor for symptoms 10 days after last exposure. A high-quality mask* must be worn around others both in and outside the home for 10 days from their last exposure.
- Test on day 6. Get tested five days after last exposure regardless of symptoms. A home test can be used if no symptoms.
- If COVID-19 symptoms develop within 10 days from last exposure:Get tested immediately and isolate away from others until the result is back. Check with public health team for recommendations based on test result.
|Recommendations for Cases and Contacts who are around high-risk individuals or settings.
High-risk individuals include people who are age 50 and older, not up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines including boosters, or have immunosuppressed conditions. High-risk settings include places where high-risk individuals gather (e.g. nursing home, homeless shelter, correctional and detox facility) and/or where strong preventive layers are not in place (e.g. daycare where young children are unable to wear masks).
For cases / contacts who will be around high-risk individuals or high-risk settings. we recommend additional precautions whenever possible:
- Minimizing unnecessary interactions with others, including staying home if possible
- Frequent home testing during masking period after diagnosis or exposure
- Wearing the highest quality mask* available, such as an N95
- Limiting close contact with individuals who are at higher risk of severe COVID
- Ensuring high-risk individuals are up-to-date on vaccines prior to visiting
- Ensuring high-risk individuals wear a high-quality mask when visiting
* High-quality masks include N95, KN95, and KF94 masks. If these are not available, check with your public health team for supply.