What is a Close Contact?
Contact tracers will work with individuals who test positive to find out with whom they had been in close contact. In general, close contact is determined using a combination of the following criteria:
The contact lasted 15 minutes or longer, combined with one or more of the following:
- There was a physical distance of less than 6 feet
- Face masks were not worn during a portion of the contact
- The contact occurred within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or the date of the positive test
Contact tracers will reach out to all individuals determined to have had a close contact with a COVID positive individual.
Examples of possible close contacts:
- Dining together;
- Living together;
- Having an extended conversation, while not wearing masks;
- Physical contact, such as hugging or kissing;
- Driving in a car together.
Examples that are not typically close contacts:
- Passing in the hallway;
- Working in the same building;
- Having a short conversation, wearing masks, and 6 feet apart;
- Being in a classroom together, if that classroom is adhering to physical distancing practices or additional engineering controls such as plexiglass barriers have been installed between spaces where 6 feet cannot be maintained, and everyone is wearing masks.