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Ongoing COVID-19 Exposure

Ongoing COVID-19 Exposure occurs when you are unable to separate from a person that has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are repeatedly exposed until that person is no longer able to spread the virus to other people.

People who are fully vaccinated and have ongoing exposure to COVID-19 should:

  • Get tested 5-7 days after their first exposureA person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they develop symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.
  • Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the infected person’s isolation period.
  • Wear a mask indoors in public until 14 days after the infected person’s isolation period ends or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result.
  • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

People who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated and have ongoing exposure to COVID-19 should:

  • Get tested immediately when they are identified as a close contact.
  • Begin quarantine immediately and continue to quarantine throughout the isolation period of the person with COVID-19.
  • Continue to quarantine starting the day afterthe end of isolation for the person with COVID-19.
    • Remain in quarantine for at least 10 additional days , no symptoms have appeared, and you have had no further close contact with that individual or anyone else with COVID-19; or
    • You may end your quarantine period after 7 additional days , if no symptoms have appeared and your COVID PCR test result is negative (test must occur on Day 5 or later)
  • Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the person’s isolation period.
  • Wear a mask when in contact with other people in the home until quarantine ends.

Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive