The difference between isolation and quarantine has to do with whether or not the individual has confirmed disease. Anyone that is a confirmed case must be isolated. Anyone that has a known exposure to a positive case, or is awaiting test results is quarantined. If a quarantined individual is tested and confirmed to have disease, they would then be in isolation. Very often these two terms are used interchangeable; which is not accurate and can cause confusion. For more information please visit: and

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