Guidance for close Contacts in Faith Communities who have tested COVID
If you have close contact with someone who has had a positive COVID-19 test (regardless of whether a test occurs at a clinic, testing site, at home, or at another setting), follow the appropriate guidance at Close Contacts and Tracing.
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 three to five days after the last time you were close to the person with COVID-19. If you are considering a shortened quarantine period of seven days, your second test must be a PCR test that occurs at least five full days after your last exposure. You should also follow Under certain conditions and a negative COVID-19 PCR test: 7-day quarantine.
- 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.
If you are fully vaccinated
- Get tested three to five days after exposure.
- Wear a mask in public, indoor settings for 14 days following exposure or until you receive a negative test result.
Consider wearing a mask at home for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result if you live with someone who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children under the age of 12).
- You do not need to quarantine if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. You should watch for symptoms for 14 days.
- If you start to have any symptoms, stay home and away from others immediately (isolate), get tested again, and follow other recommendations on If You Are Sick or Test Positive.
If you had COVID-19 in the past three months
If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months and are exposed again:
- You do not need to get tested unless you develop symptoms.
- You do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:
- Your illness was laboratory confirmed in the past three months.
- You have fully recovered.
- You do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.
If you are a K-12 student
- If you are a student in an indoor K-12 classroom setting and were within 3-6 feet of another student with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting. For more information about close contacts in schools, refer to Schools and Child Care COVID-19: Best Practice Recommendations.
If you live or work in a health care facility
- People who live or work in a health care or long-term care facility, have been vaccinated, and have a COVID-19 exposure should refer to COVID-19 Recommendations for Health Care Workers.