COVID FAQ

How is Close Contact defined?

We are following the definition and guidelines for close contact as published by the CDC. These guidelines continue to evolve, therefore, please go to the CDC website to review the most updated information on close contact.

The following information on close contact was updated and shared by the CDC on August 3, 2021.

Close Contact through Proximity and Duration of Exposure: 
Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

Exception: 
In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Public Health Recommendations:
Except in certain circumstances, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine. However, the following people with recent exposure may NOT need to quarantine:

  • People who have been fully vaccinated
  • People who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last three months

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