What To Do If You've been exposed to covid-19
After someone has tested positive for COVID-19, Public Health interviews that person and determines who is a close contact. Close contact is defined by these situations:
- Had direct physical contact with the person such as a hug, kiss or handshake.
- Were within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes.
- Had contact with the person's respiratory secretions such as being coughed or sneezed on, or sharing personal items like food or towels
- Stayed overnight for at least one night with the person.
If you're a close contact Public Health will contact you and ask that you quarantine, which helps stop to spread of COVID-19. Quarantine means staying home and away from other people as much as possible; this includes not going to work, school, shopping and other activities. More information about quarantine.
- Quarantine release times for those who are a close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Quarantine release times for those who are a household contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Parent/guardian fact sheet for children in quarantine.
If you believe that you interacted with someone with COVID-19, but do not receive a phone call from Public Health, monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the date that you interacted with the positive case. Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms and follow his/her recommendations.