Telling Your Friends and Family that You Tested Positive for COVID-19

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If you test positive, you can help limit disease spread by notifying others.

  • Make a list of your close contacts: A close contact is someone who’s been within 6 feet of you for at least 15 consecutive minutes (indoors or outdoors) over a 24-hour period
    • Your list of close contacts should go back to 2 days before you had symptoms or 2 days before your test if you had no symptoms (you could have been contagious then)
  • Begin notifying your close contacts:
    • Reach out to as many of your close contacts as you can, and let them know you tested positive
    • A fully vaccinated close contact: (person who has received all eligible vaccines)
      • does not need to quarantine but should be sure to wear a mask for 10 days
      • should get tested if they have symptoms
      • should get tested on day 5 after being near you even if they don’t have symptoms
    • An unvaccinated or partially vaccinated close contact: (person who has not received all eligible vaccines)
      • needs quarantine for 5 days (stay home and avoid contact with other people)
      • should get tested on day 5 after being near you even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask around others for 10 days
      • should get tested if they have any symptoms

Share these resources with your close contacts:

Telling your close contacts that you tested positive helps them take the right steps to protect themselves and stop COVID-19 spread.

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