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COVID-19

If you may have been exposed

If you were advised by Public Health staff that you should monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 after a possible exposure to someone with COVID-19, please follow the guidance below.

What to do

With cases on the rise in communities across Alaska, some people are wondering what to do if they think they’ve been exposed to a known positive COVID-19 case but haven’t been notified by a public health official. Please know that you will receive a call from a public health nurse or another public health official if you have been identified by the patient as a “close contact,” meaning you have been within 6 feet of the infected individual for 15 minutes or longer or you’ve been coughed or sneezed on by that person. 

However, if you are fairly certain you have been exposed to the virus or to someone who is waiting for test results and haven’t received a call, please consider voluntarily hunkering down out of an abundance of caution, if you are able to do so. DHSS encourages caution for anyone in this situation. Please consider self-quarantining for the next 14 days, make sure you stay at least 6 feet from others, wear a cloth face covering if you do go out and monitor for symptoms. 

Even if you experience very mild symptoms, isolate yourself, call a provider and get tested. These actions will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community and will help protect others, especially those at risk for severe illness. 

These are difficult times for everyone, so please stay safe and be kind. We’re all in this together.

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