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.

What to do if you are a close contact.

quarantine information

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.    

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.

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