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What to Do if You Have Had Close Contact With a person With COVID-19

In general, a close contact (exposure) means being less than 6 feet from someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period. However, even shorter periods of time or longer distances can result in spread of the virus.

COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to make you sick, and some people with COVID-19 never feel sick, so you may need to separate yourself from others so you don’t spread the virus without knowing it.

Fully vaccinated: It has been 14 days (two weeks) since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or the first dose in a one-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Not fully vaccinated: Either you have not been vaccinated or it has not yet been 14 days (two weeks) since your last dose in your COVID-19 vaccine series.

Quarantine: Staying home and away from others when you might have been exposed to the virus.

Isolation: Staying home and away from others when you test positive, feel sick, or have symptoms of the virus.

If you are fully vaccinated

  • Get tested five to seven days after exposure.
  •  Wear a mask in public, indoor settings for 14 days following exposure or until you receive a negative test result.

If you are not fully vaccinated

  •  Stay home and away from others (quarantine) and wear a mask if other people are around.
  • Get tested immediately. If the test is negative, test again five to seven days after the last time you were

    exposed.

  •  Watch for symptoms for 14 days. If you start to have any symptoms, get tested again right away.
  •  If you test positive or start to have symptoms, follow the recommendations on If You Are Sick or Test Positive www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/sick.html.

     

For more information and guidelines please visit www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/contact.pdf.

Kids 5-11 Can Now Get Vaccinated!

Children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to get vaccinated.

They should get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds. It has been shown to be safe and to work well for children.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds has been carefully studied in children and has been shown to be safe and effective.

If you have questions about vaccines, watch this video, talk to your pediatrician, or visit www.mn.gov/vaxforkids.  

Kids will soon be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine!

The FDA reviewed data from clinical trials and determined that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11-year-olds is safe and provides protection against COVID-19. 

The next step is to get final recommendations from CDC this week before providers start giving the vaccine. We’re working to make sure it is widely, equitably, and efficiently available.

There will be a diverse network of more than 1,100 providers and schools in Minnesota where kids can get vaccinated.

Check with your pediatrician or family medicine clinic about appointments, visit https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/ to find providers near you, or visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find a pharmacy.

You can also check with your local school district for information about vaccination opportunities at your child’s school.  

Case Investigation and Contact Tracing: COVID-19

How To Get Started

Case investigation and contact tracing work together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Case investigation identifies where people who have COVID-19 may have been exposed or infected others. Case investigations also help to identify contacts, or people who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Contact tracing helps to further slow the spread of the virus by talking to contacts about how to stay home and away from others. It is important for cases to stay home and isolate and for contacts to quarantine even if they feel fine so they do not infect others.

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