5. Close Contacts
A close contact is someone who was closer than 6 feet, for 15 minutes or more (cumulative time throughout the day), either with or without masks, to the COVID-19 positive person during their contagious period.
The contagious period begins 2 days before symptoms start, (or 2 days before testing if no symptoms), and goes until the positive person was isolated from others.
Individuals identified as close contacts must quarantine for 14 days.
Only two scenarios would exempt someone from quarantine at this time. They include:
Scenario 1: Individuals identified as close contacts who have recently recovered from COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine if:
They do not currently have symptoms AND;
They were diagnosed with COVID-19 by either (1) a positive RT-PCR or antigen test for SARS-CoV2 within the last 90 days, or (2) a healthcare provider based on symptoms, and 90 days or less have passed since symptoms began.
* There should be a record of the case having been reported to public health in order to exempt a close contact from quarantine.
Scenario 2: Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine, if they meet ALL of the criteria:
They are fully vaccinated, meaning it has been at least 14 days since receiving the final dose in the vaccine series (2 doses of Moderna; 2 doses of Pfizer; or 1 dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) and
They have not developed any symptoms since their exposure to someone with COVID-19.