I’m a Close Contact of a Positive Case

The rapid spread of COVID-19 through our community means that we’re all at risk for exposure. If you think you’ve had close contact (with someone for more than 15 minutes less than 6’ apart from one another), please stay home for 14 days after your last exposure and self-monitor for symptoms including fever. Get tested here if you become sick.
  • Will the health department be contacting me?
    • No. As of November 5, 2020, CNCHD no longer contact traces contacts. We only do full contact tracing with confirmed positive cases.
  • How will I know I’m a contact?
    • The positive case should notify you.
  • I was a contact and want to test. What should I do?
    • CNCHD recommends testing no earlier than 5-7 days after the last contact with the positive.
    • Ideally, test on Day 5 and Day 11 after exposure to the positive case.
    • If you test too early after exposure, tests may not detect the virus as accurately.
  • What if I’ve been exposed to someone who was exposed to a positive (i.e. contact of a contact or a tertiary contact)?
    • No action is necessary unless the person with whom you’ve had direct contact tests positive.
    • You do not meet quarantine and/or testing criteria.
    • Resume normal activities.
  • What if I’ve been to a business, location or event that has reported positive cases?
    • Monitor for symptoms for up to 14 days after your last known/suspected exposure.
    • Stay home and get tested if you become sick.
  • I was a close contact of a positive case, but I just tested negative. Do I still have to quarantine? Yes.
    • A negative test only captures that moment in time, so you can still become positive or get sick anytime in 14 days after you had close contact to a positive case.
    • Your quarantine ends after 14 days since exposure and you have no symptoms.
  • What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?