If you have been around someone who has COVID-19, you may need to figure out if you have been in close contact with them. 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) with or without a face covering. If you have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, you are at a higher risk of getting sick and spreading the disease to others. Just being in the same building as someone who tested positive for COVID-19 does not necessarily mean you had close contact.
What To Do if You Are a Close Contact and NOT Fully Vaccinated
If you were around someone long enough, you might need to take steps to separate yourself from others.
1. Stay home for 14 days starting from the last time you were around the person with COVID-19, even if you do not feel sick. A 14 day quarantine is the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
2. Get tested. Talk to your doctor about getting a test, even if you don’t have symptoms, testing may be available. If you don’t have a doctor, call 2-1-1. It’s best if you wait 3-5 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.
- You should stay home and away from others while you wait for the results.
- Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 14 days after you were exposed. You might get sick later.
If you feel sick or test positive, isolate
If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and have symptoms or if you test positive (even if you don’t feel sick), stay home and keep away from other people, even those in your own home. This is also called isolation
How Long Should I Quarantine For?
14-Day Quarantine (Safest)
We recommend a 14-day quarantine period. Staying home and away from other people for 14 days is the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
- You are required to quarantine for 14 days if you live in a long-term care facility or other licensed group setting.
- It is best to quarantine for a full 14 days if someone in your house has COVID-19 or if you live or work with people who are at risk for serious illnesses from COVID-19.
If you have no symptoms, quarantine for at least 10 days.
After 10 days, your risk of spreading the virus to others decreases. There is still a chance you can get sick and spread COVID-19 to others during days 11-14, even if you felt well on day 10.
If you end quarantine after 10 days, continue to monitor yourself for symptoms daily for the full 14 days. It is very important to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often and limit your contact with people you do not live with.
If You Have Been Fully Vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to quarantine if you've been a close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19, unless you develop symptoms. It is recommended that you are tested 3-5 days after your last contact with the person and wear a mask while indoors at public spaces for 14 days.
Fully vaccinated means:
- 2 weeks after your 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or
- 2 weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
You should still monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days. If you develop symptoms isolate yourself from others and call your doctor to see if you need to get tested.
How Will You Know if You Have Been in Close Contact?
A call from Jackson County Public Health
You may get a call from a public health worker to let you know you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Jackson County Public Health will interview COVID-19 cases to identify close contacts. Because of the number of cases Jackson County has and if a case refuses to provide the names and contact information of their close contacts, or if a case cannot be reached public health workers may not be able to notify you of your exposure. If you get a call, follow the public health workers instructions. Why they might be calling you Because there are laws that protect people’s privacy, you might not know exactly who was sick.
Family, friends, or someone else
You may hear from a friend, family or your workplace that someone you know has COVID-19. Or you may find out that you visited a business where someone tested positive. To figure out if you had close contact, recall your activities and the precautions you took. Think about:
Resources for Staying Home
Call 211 if you need support for isolation or quarantine. 211 will connect you to organizations that can help with resources you may need (groceries, financial support, help with rent, other essentials). There is a document at the bottom of this article that provides local resources that are available to help you.
If you cannot self-isolate, we will work with you to explore your options.