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I have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. What should I do?

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If you have been around someone with COVID-19, you should take precautions to avoid spreading the disease. You may find out from a friend, family member or workplace that you have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19. This puts you 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) in a day, with or without a mask.

If you had close contact

1. Follow quarantine guidelines, including wearing a mask. Isolation and quarantine advice

2. If you can, get tested 5 days after exposure or if you develop symptoms. It is best to get tested 5 days after being exposed. The test may not work if you get tested too soon. You can get tested through your doctor or at a community testing site. Call 211 for more information. Currently, many people are looking for tests and resources are limited. Test appointment can be hard to find.

3. If you develop symptoms or test positive, follow isolation advice. Keep away from others, even in your own home, so you don’t make others sick.

4. Continue to wear a properly fitted mask for an additional 5 days if you are quarantined for a shorter period.