Who is considered a close contact to a person with COVID-19?

FAQ Answer

Being in an indoor environment (e.g., store, workplace, restaurant) with someone who has COVID-19 is not necessarily considered having close contact. A close contact is defined as a person who spends a prolonged period of time (15 minutes) within 6 feet (2 meters) of a person that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 up to 2 days prior to their illness onset. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with someone that has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Just being in an indoor environment with someone is not necessarily a close contact.

The North Dakota Department of Health will be conducting interviews with all persons diagnosed with COVID-19 to determine who their close contacts are. People who are identified as close contacts will be notified by the North Dakota Department of Health and will receive instruction on quarantine and monitoring. Click this link for a fact sheet on being a Close Contact.

If you have not been contacted by the North Dakota Department of Health after you have been in the same location with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, you are not considered a close contact but should continue to follow social distancing guidance, good handwashing hygiene and staying home if you become sick. Click this link for a fact sheet for people who may have been around someone with COVID-19 but are Not a Close Contact. 

Any person with a fever and/or respiratory symptoms who was not tested, should stay home until at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications) and improvement in symptoms; and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

For anyone wishing to self-monitor their temperatures, here is a tool to help you do that.