Updated December 16, 2020

If you have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are 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 you did with the person (for example: shared an office, shared food, met briefly) 

  • 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. Stay home for 14 days after you last had close contact, even if you don’t feel sick. In certain situations, you may end your quarantine after 10 days. How long should you quarantine?

2. Get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms. 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, stay home for the full 14 days after you were exposed (How long should you quarantine?). You might get sick later.

If you develop symptoms or test positive, 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. This is called isolation.

Understanding Quarantine and Isolation (291.58 KB)

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.

How will you hear about being a close contact?

You may hear from a friend, a family member or your employer that they or someone you know has COVID-19 or has tested positive for the virus. Or you may find out that you visited a business where someone tested positive. If you get a call from your employer, childcare provider, or a business, they might not tell you exactly who was sick. There are laws that protect people’s health information.

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. Because of the large number of new COVID-19 cases in our area right now, public health may not be able to call everyone. If you get a call, follow their instructions. Why they might be calling you»

Resources to help you stay home

Find resources to help you stay home (groceries, financial support, help with rent, other essentials).  Call 211 for more information. Interpreters are available.