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Close contact definition: A close contact is someone who was within six feet for a total of at least 15 minutes in a 24 hour period of someone who has COVID-19 (48 hours prior to their onset of symptoms; for asymptomatic cases, 48 hours prior to the date they were tested).

Please note: If both parties were wearing masks, the positive individual is still required to isolate but the close-contact does not have to quarantine.

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How long must you quarantine? 

Calculate the end of your 14 day quarantine period using the calculator at health.nd.gov/covidcalculator

  • At least 14 days from the last exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
     
  • You may be released from quarantine AFTER DAY 10 if the following criteria are met: 
    • Remain symptom-free.
       
  • You may be released from quarantine AFTER DAY 7 if the following criteria are met: 
    • Remain symptom-free.
    • Test negative for COVID-19 - please note that the PCR or antigen test must be administered day 5 or later. Free public testing throughout North Dakota is available to anyone who would like to be tested for COVID-19. Click here for updated information on free testing events. 
       
  • Vaccinated individuals can be exempted from quarantine if they meet ALL the following criteria:
    • Are fully vaccinated (i.e. >2 weeks following the receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or >2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and remain symptom-free, you do not need to quarantine but you should get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days following your exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result. 

View our frequently asked questions and visual timeline on the CDC quarantine change. 

 If you have been identified as a Close Contact, follow these instructions:  

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 If you have been identified as a Close Contact, follow these instructions:  
  • If you have been identified as a close contact, the first and most important thing you need to do is remain at home. You should avoid congregate settings and public activities, as well as practice social distancing and good cleaning/disinfecting habits.
     
  • Close contacts should monitor symptoms for the full 14 days after the last exposure to the positive case, as it can take that long to develop symptoms. Being identified as a close contact does not mean you will get COVID-19. However, you should behave as if you are contagious. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, click here.
     
  • Do not go to a hospital or clinic without calling your health care provider first
     
  • If you have been excluded from work due to an exposure to a COVID-19 case, check with your employer to find out when you may return to work.