Download the free COVIDaware MN app to get notified if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19. HERE
The CDC has a tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care: HERE
MDH has a list of both nasal and saliva testing locations in Mn. The newest saliva test site is in Brooklyn Park (by appointment or walk-in). HERE
Close Contact / Known Exposure
In general, close contact / known exposure means being within about 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more throughout the course of a day (24 hours)
Under the Families First Coronovirus Response Act, this program ended on 12/31/20. It ended with our final 2020 check date of 12/23/20.
2 days prior to symptoms through 10 days after start of symptoms
(This is why a positive test result requires 10 days of quarantine)
Oct 20, 2020 www.who.int
14 days | Median Time is 4-5 days | Most will develop symptoms by day 11.5
Best time to test: Days 5-6 after exposure
(This is why exposed people are required to quarantine for 14 days)
Nov 3, 2020 www.cdc.gov
90 days, for anyone who has had COVID-19 or received full doses of vaccination. This is an ongoing study.
Nov 3, 2020 & Feb 10, 2021 www.cdc.gov
No Exposure and/or No Symptoms: A person deciding to get a test at a community testing event who has no symptoms and no known exposure does not need to stay home until they receive their result.
Known Exposure and/or Symptoms: If you have symptoms or are identified as a close contact of a person who has COVID-19, please stay home and away from others until you receive your test results. Best time to test is five days after exposure.
(In general, close contact (known exposure) means being within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more throughout the course of a 24 hour day.)
When you live with someone who has COVID-19, you should quarantine during the time they might be contagious (their isolation period), as well as the time you could develop COVID-19. This may mean you need to quarantine for 24 days or more.
Your 14-day quarantine period starts the day after the person you live with completes their isolation period.
This is usually:
If multiple people in your home have COVID-19, your 14-day quarantine period starts after the last person has completed their isolation.
You will definitely need to plan on staying home until all three things are true:
You will need to stay home for at least 10 days after getting tested for COVID-19.
A public health worker will contact you with more information.
Please see the updated Guidance below.
You will need to stay home for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19, whether you have symptoms or not.
Talk to your doctor and follow their advice. If there is not another diagnosis, you should still stay away from work, school, and other public places until you’re feeling better and have no fever. Symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to other illnesses, like flu, and the risk of spreading these illnesses to others in your community can be high.
(CNN 2/10/2021) People who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus -- right now that means with two doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine -- can skip quarantine if they are exposed to someone infected with the virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
That doesn't mean they should stop taking precautions, the CDC noted in updated guidance. It's just not necessary for them to quarantine.
"Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19," the CDC said in updates to its web page with guidance on vaccination.
"Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria," the CDC added.
The criteria: They must be fully vaccinated -- having had both shots with at least two weeks having passed since the second shot. That's because it takes two weeks to build full immunity after the second dose of vaccine.
But the CDC says it's not known how long protection lasts, so people who had their last shot three months ago or more should still quarantine if they are exposed. They also should quarantine if they show symptoms, the CDC said.
This recommendation to waive quarantine for people with vaccine-derived immunity aligns with quarantine recommendations for those with natural immunity, which eases implementation," the CDC said. The agency will update guidance as more is learned.
Source: 2/10/21, CNN