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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).

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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 can not be administered more than 48 hours prior to release. 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. 

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