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
- 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.