Positive PCR Nasal Swab Test
What does it mean if your Nasal Swab test came back positive for COVID-19?


If You ARE NOT Having Symptoms:

Discontinue isolation when: 

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test 

  • AND you have had no subsequent illness and you remain asymptomatic. 


For 3 days following discontinuation of isolation, you should continue to limit contact (stay 6 feet away from others) and limit potential of dispersal of respiratory secretions by wearing a covering for your nose and mouth whenever you are in settings where other persons are present. In community settings, this covering may be a barrier mask, such as a bandana, scarf, or cloth mask.

If You ARE Having Symptoms:

Discontinue isolation when:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)

  • AND improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

  • AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

You should notify those that you have come in contact with if it has been less than 6ft for greater than 15 minutes, as those individuals are now at risk of having COVID.

Due the volume of patients that we are testing and having positive results come back on, it is very challenging for our providers to go over individual results with you.  If you would like dedicated time with a provider to discuss additional concerns, you may schedule a telemedicine visit with by calling our clinic at 818-349-9966.

We are having a longer than normal wait times for our phone operators as they are filtering continuous COVID question calls from the community. 

Information For Returning To Work

Below is the Los Angeles Public Health Guidance for Employers Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace. We suggest you print this document to present to your employer regarding a work note for your positive COVID test. 

Workplace Guidance Response

  • During the pandemic, employees who meet the above criteria for returning to work should NOT be required by employers to provide a healthcare provider’s note to return to work.

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued guidance, stating that while employers “may require employees who have been away from the workplace during a pandemic to provide a doctor’s note certifying fitness to return to work,” it is not recommended to do so. 

  • The EEOC & the CDC advise that, practically speaking, doctors and other healthcare providers may be too busy to provide such documentation, so employers should consider allowing these employees to return to work as they see fit.

  • Because of this, the CDC does not recommend that employers require their employees to provide communication from a physician or healthcare provider, “clearing,” them to return to work.