If you are a CLOSE CONTACT to COVID-19

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If you or a child are a close contact to COVID-19 (meaning you have been exposed to someone who is sick or tested positive), follow the guidance on this page to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Note: Due to recent changes in disease investigation and contact tracing protocols from the State of Wisconsin, you may not receive a call from the Public Health Department regarding a COVID-19 exposure. Follow the guidelines below and contact us if you have additional questions. You may email [email protected] or call 262-636-9201.

Are You a Close Contact?

  • You are a close contact of COVID-19 if any of the following apply:
    • You were within 6 feet of a person who had COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period.
    • You had direct exposure to respiratory secretions (for example, being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass, utensils, towels or other personal items).
    • You had direct physical contact with the person (for example, a hug, kiss, or handshake).
    • You cared or care for a person who has COVID-19.
    • You lived or live with a person who has COVID-19.
    • You stayed overnight with them for at least one night in the same household.
  • You may be informed that you are a close contact as a result of contact tracing efforts that took place at a workplace, school, daycare, or other location or event.

Do You Need to Quarantine?

You must quarantine if:

  • You are NOT up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations. This means you are unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or are eligible for a booster dose but have not yet received it.
  • You tested positive for COVID-19 more than 90 days ago with a viral test (Antigen or PCR test conducted by a healthcare provider or testing site ONLY; at-home tests do not qualify).

You do not need to quarantine if:

  • You are up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations. This means you are fully vaccinated (at least 14 days have passed since the final dose of your initial/primary series) and you have received a booster dose, if eligible for it.
  • You tested positive for COVID-19 fewer than 90 days ago with a viral test (Antigen or PCR test conducted by a healthcare provider or testing site ONLY; at-home tests do not qualify).

What to Do After Close Contact:

  • Everyone who is exposed to COVID-19, regardless of whether they must quarantine, should:
    • Watch for symptoms to develop for 10 days after the last exposure.
    • Wear a mask when around others, especially in public, for 10 days after the last exposure.
  • Those who must quarantine should:
    • Stay at home for at least 5 full days after the last exposure. Day 0 is the date of the exposure, and Day 1 is the first full day after the exposure.
    • Not go to work, school, daycare, or attend other activities or events such as medical appointments.
    • Get tested at least 5 days after the last exposure. 
    • Wear a mask in public for 5 additional days after leaving quarantine
  • If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself away from others in your home and get tested.

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