October 27, 2020
CDC Close Contact Definition
CDC defines a close contact to someone who has Covid-19 as someone who was “within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” There are other factors that we look at to determine the likelihood of low to higher risk exposure. In regards to the time factor only, if you spent 5 minutes at three different times with the infected person over a 24 hr. period can qualify you as a close contact because that added up to 15 minutes of time spent with the infected person.
Also, Public Health will no longer be calling close contacts. The responsibility of informing people is with the person who contracted Covid-19. Hopefully, that person will call, and as a close contact, you must immediately quarantine for 14 days from your most recent exposure to the person who has contracted Covid-19. Also, you cannot test out of a quarantine.
Please call for any further questions.
Yolanda Ifflander BSN, RN