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COVID-19: Next Steps After Close Contact

Follow these steps if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

You may be notified that you were exposed by a friend or relative, public health, or an electronic notification system.


1. Get tested

  • Even if you are up to date on recommended COVID-19 vaccines, get tested at least five days after being exposed to COVID-19 (unless you've had a positive COVID-19 viral test result in the last 90 days).
  • Get tested immediately if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If your test is positive, ask a doctor if COVID-19 treatments are right for you.

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2. Wear a mask

Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 10 days after your last exposure to COVID-19, even if you are up to date on recommended COVID-19 vaccines.


3. Get vaccinated

If you are not already, get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines strengthen your body's defense against COVID-19 and protect those around you. Stay up to date on your vaccines by getting a booster dose when eligible.


Have questions?

Call 211, contact a doctor or local health department.

Last revised December 26, 2023