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People who are identified as a close contact will need to take steps to manage their exposure according to CDC guidelines. Recommendations for close contacts to quarantine, get tested, and wear a mask after an exposure to COVID-19 will vary depending on vaccination status and history of prior COVID-19 diagnosis within the past 90 days. Follow the recommendations below based on vaccination status or history of prior infection in the past 90 days.

  • People who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated should quarantine and get tested immediately after being identified as a close contact. If the test is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after last exposure and continue to quarantine. If symptoms develop during quarantine, they should isolate and get tested immediately.
  • People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 5-7 days after coming into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days or until they test negative. If symptoms develop, they should isolate and get tested immediately.
  • People who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days and recovered should wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days after exposure, monitor for symptoms, and consult with a healthcare professional for testing recommendations if they develop new symptoms.
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How long should you quarantine? 

Calculate your quarantine period using the calculator at health.nd.gov/covidcalculator