I think I was exposed to COVID-19, what do I do?

If you think you have been exposed to someone who is sick with COVID-19, you should stay home and away from other people. If you develop symptoms and are concerned about your health. You can contact your healthcare provider for testing or look for a testing site with the Testing Site Look Up Tool.  

If your local health department contacts you, you should follow their directions carefully.

Information for more specific experiences can be found below based on the person you may have interacted with and if you were in close contact with that person.

 

A) I have been around someone who is sick. Do I need to self-quarantine? 

If you have been around someone who is sick with respiratory illness you should try to self-quarantine to the best of your ability (try to stay home and away from others). You should continue frequently washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

B) I’ve been around someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Do I need to self-quarantine? 

  • If you were not considered a close contact:

In general, it is encouraged that people stay home right now, as much as possible. Of course, if you develop symptoms, and are concerned about your health, contact your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms.

  • If you are a close contact:

You should self-quarantine away from others for 14 days since the last day you had contact with that person. It is possible that your local health department will call you to discuss your risk, you can also reach out to your local health department. If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness, and are concerned about your health, please call your healthcare provider.

Close contact is defined as:

  1. Being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time.
    • or –
  2. Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on).
  • If you are a healthcare worker, follow your facility’s guidance.

C) Someone I was in close contact with was in contact with someone who tested positive (3rd party exposure). For example, a close friend of my spouse has been diagnosed, and they recently spent time together.

You should monitor yourself for symptoms of respiratory illness and remember to practice good social distance, but quarantine is not required. If you develop any symptoms, you should self-isolate at home and contact a healthcare provider if you are concerned about your health.

D) Someone in my household was exposed (as a close contact) to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

Have that person in the household self-quarantine for 14 days while monitoring for symptoms. Follow appropriate precautions for cleaning, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette. If you receive any instructions from that person’s employer or the local health department, follow them carefully.

You should monitor yourself for symptoms of respiratory illness and remember to practice good social distancing. If you develop any symptoms, you should self-isolate at home and contact a healthcare provider if you are concerned about your health.

Last updated: April 28, 2020