COVID Positive and Close Contacts

If You Have Been Diagnosed with COVID-19 & Close Contact Instructions

The new cases of COVID-19 disease have exceeded the capacity of CMDHD and it is no longer possible to contact every case on the same day the infection is reported to CMDHD.

Nevertheless, it is our goal that all cases in the CMDHD area will be investigated. To optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of our efforts, CMDHD asks those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to complete the Close Contact Survey linked below. It is a secure link and will help speed the case investigation along.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (or have COVID-19 symptoms and waiting for results):

  • Self-isolate right way! For most persons, self-isolation can end if all the following conditions are met:

 

 

  • Notify all your close contacts immediately that they need to Quarantine

    • “Close Contact” is defined as “those who were within 6 ft. or less for more

    • than 15 minutes total in a 24-hour period when the COVID-19 positive person was

            contagious. A person is contagious 2 days before symptoms appeared (or 2 days before

            testing positive if no symptoms), through the end of isolation.”

  • Quarantine: Close contacts will need to stay home and away from others for 10 days after the

       last date of exposure to a contagious person. If a close contact is with a COVID-19 positive

       person in a household, their quarantine countdown will not begin until the end of the case’s

       infectious period (see above).

  • A negative test does not shorten quarantine – especially with the Delta variant.

  • Monitor for symptoms and get tested if the close contact develops symptoms.

  • If a close contact was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 3 months or a close contact is

      fully vaccinated AND they do not have any symptoms, they do not have to quarantine. It is

      recommended that they wear a mask indoors and get tested 3-5 days after exposure.

 

  • Complete Close Contact Survey (use if you did not fill out the full survey above and still want to talk to someone from CMDHD)

    • “Close Contact” is defined as “those who were within 6 ft or less for more than 15 minutes total in a 24-hour period when the COVID-19 positive person was contagious. A person is contagious 2 days before symptoms appeared (or 2 days before testing positive if no symptoms), through the end of isolation.”

    • Gather all necessary details of close contacts (names, phone numbers, most recent date of exposure) for your contacts before beginning survey.

    • We will still call to discuss your illness and gather other important information.

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