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Have you been exposed to COVID-19?

 

 What to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19

 

If you have been notified that you are a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to the virus, please follow the guidance below. 

With cases on the rise in communities across Alaska, public health contact tracers may not be able to notify all close contacts. Because of this, contact tracers are asking people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to begin informing their close contacts of their potential exposure to the virus as soon as possible. The faster people begin to quarantine, the faster we can stop the spread of COVID-19.

What does close contact mean?

The latest guidance from the CDC clarifies the definition of "close contact" as follows:

A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours while the person was infectious.

  • The infectious period for COVID-19 starts 2 days before the patient experiences symptoms (or, for patients who show no symptoms, 2 days prior to testing) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • Example of cumulative exposure: Three separate 5-minute exposures (for a total of 15 minutes) over a 24-hour period.
  • Please note, this definition applies whether or not the close contact or the infected people were wearing masks.

If you are a close contact to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, quarantine for 14 days immediately from your last exposure to the person with COVID-19, monitor yourself for symptoms, get tested if you have symptoms or at some point during your quarantine (7 days after testing is a good time to test for most cases if you never experience symptoms).

Quarantining is what you do if you are well but have been exposed, to prevent others from getting sick. You should stay home and limit your exposure to other household members as much as possible, especially those who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Please note that testing is never done to end quarantine. You will need to complete your 14-day quarantine regardless of test results unless you are a critical infrastructure worker working under a protective plan. However, by testing and knowing your results, you can help protect others.

What to do if you’ve begun to feel sick

Even if you experience very mild symptoms, isolate yourself, call a provider and get tested. Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home. If you live with others, try to stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

Thank you!

Your actions will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community and will help protect others, especially those at risk for severe illness. 

If you need non-medical help to successfully quarantine or isolate (e.g., groceries or other support) call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221.  

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

Quarantine vs Isolation

 

 What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

 

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