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Important Information About Our COVID-19 Exposure Procedures

Posted: March 24, 2021

How we determine if you have been exposed.to someone with COVID-19


When assessing a person’s risk of exposure to COVID-19, close contact means being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more or having exposure to the person’s respiratory secretions (for example, being coughed or sneezed on; sharing a drinking glass or utensils; kissing) while they were contagious. For example, briefly walking by someone with COVID-19 in a store is not considered close contact.


A person with COVID-19 is considered to be contagious starting from 2 days before they became sick (or 2 days before they tested positive if they never had symptoms)


What we have you do if you had close contact with someone with COVID-19


- Stay home and away from others (“quarantine”). Avoid contact with others to avoid spreading COVID-19..

 

-If you live with someone with COVID-19, stay separate from sick members in the household as much as possible. Avoid sharing the same space within the home, including being in the same room. Use a different bedroom or bathroom if that is possible. 

-QUARANTINE and monitor your health for 14 DAYS after your LAST contact. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day (once in the morning, once at night) and watch for fever. Also, watch for other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. OR


-Get tested.

 

-If you DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, you should get tested immediately.

-If you do not have symptoms, wait AT LEAST 5 DAYS AFTER your LAST exposure to get tested. If you get tested too soon, the test may not be able to detect the  virus. Stay home while waiting for test results.

-Even if you do not have symptoms and your COVID-19 test is NEGATIVE, you will still need to monitor your symptoms for the full 14 days and stay home for at least 7 days. It is safest to stay home for 14 days

-If you test POSITIVE, you have to ISOLATE from everyone for 10 DAYS from either your first day of symptoms or test date, whichever came first.

-If you have tested POSITIVE for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, you do not have to get tested again (even after close contact with someone with COVID-19) as long as you do not develop new symptoms.

-If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you do not have to get tested (even after close contact with someone with COVID-19) as long as you do not develop symptoms.


If you are not able to stay home for 14 days after your last exposure and you do not have symptoms, you have 2 options:

 

-Counting your date of last exposure as Day 0, you may leave home after Day 10; or

-If PCR or antigen testing is available, you can get tested on or after Day 5. You may leave home after Day 7 if the PCR or antigen test performed on or after Day 5 is negative.


It is very important to continue monitoring for symptoms and follow all recommendations (e.g., wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash hands often) for the full 14 days after the last exposure. This also applies to those who have had Covid-19 or who have been fully vaccinated.