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Had close contact with someone with COVID-19?

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Bloomington Briefing Published December 1, 2021
Updated on December 1, 2021
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Here’s what to do  

In general, close contact means being less than six feet from someone for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period. However, even shorter periods of time or longer distances can result in spread of the COVID-19. The longer someone is close to the person who has the virus, and the closer they are, the greater the chance the virus can spread.

If you have close contact with someone who has been told by a doctor, clinic or hospital that they have COVID-19, follow the appropriate guidance below.

If you are fully vaccinated (it has been two weeks since your last dose of vaccine):

  • Get tested three to five days after exposure to someone with COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask in public, indoor settings for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.

If you are not fully vaccinated:

  • 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.
  • Stay home and away from others.
  • If you are at high risk of severe illness, you may be able to get medicine to prevent disease. 

Whether or not you are fully vaccinated:

  • If test results are positive or if you start to feel sick, follow recommendations at
  • Follow recommendations for wearing masks.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Clean surfaces you touch.