Updated August 12, 2021
You may find out from a friend, family member, your workplace, or public health that you’ve been in close contact with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19. This puts you at a higher risk of getting sick and spreading the disease to others.
Close contact means spending at least 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of someone (family, friend, co-worker, acquaintance or someone you don’t know) over the course of a day, with or without a face covering.
Just being in the same building as someone who tested positive for COVID-19 does not necessarily mean you had close contact. Think about:
How long you were around the infected person
What preventive measures you took while together
If you're not sure if you had close contact or have questions, call your doctor's office or clinic. If you don't have a doctor, call 211.
If you had close contact
1. Follow quarantine guidelines. How long should you quarantine?
2. Get tested.
- All close contacts with or without symptoms should get tested, whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
- You can get a test through your doctor or a community test site. Call 211 for more information. It’s best if you wait at least 4 days after you were exposed before taking a test. The test may not work if you get tested too soon.
- You should stay home and away from others while you wait for the result.
- Even if you test negative, you may still need to quarantine. You might get sick later. Talk with your doctor or clinic where you got a test. How long should you quarantine?
3. Isolate if you develop symptoms or test positive, and call your doctor or clinic right away. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211. Keep away from others, even in your own home, so you don’t get other people sick.
If you didn’t have close contact
If you didn’t have close contact, but were around someone with COVID-19, monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days starting from the last time you were around them. Get ready to isolate yourself from others if you start to feel sick.