I had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Now what do I do?
You need to quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with that person.
You should be tested approximately 3-5 days after exposure.
If you were tested during your quarantine period (due to an exposure) and the results are negative, you still need to complete your full 14-day quarantine before going back to work, school, or being around others.
Close contact includes:
You were less than 6 feet for greater than 10 minutes with or without a mask
You provided care at home to a case
You had direct physical contact with a case (hugged, touched, kissed)
You shared eating/drinking utensil with a case
You were exposed to sneezing, coughing or other respiratory droplets of a confirmed case
During this 14-day period, take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for other COVID-19 symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose or congestion, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
Stay home as much as possible and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school.
Go out only if absolutely necessary. See if someone can drop off essentials at your apartment. If you need to go out, limit your travel to essential needs like going to the doctor and picking up food or medication. Remember to always wear a mask or cloth face covering when you leave your room.
Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, often.
If you develop fever, cough, have difficulty breathing or any other symptoms of COVID-19:
Contact the Marquette University Medical Clinic at (414) 288-7184. Tell them that you are in quarantine and your symptoms and see if you need medical care or testing. Do not go to the clinic without contacting them first.
Stay home unless directed by a medical provider. Avoid contact with others. Continue to practice good hand hygiene and sanitize surfaces in your home.
Get medical attention immediately if you experience any of these warning signs: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake a person, bluish lips or face.
If you do not test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms of COVID-19 during your quarantine period, your quarantine period will 14 days after your last contact with the COVID-19 case.
Marquette University Medical Clinic: 414-288-7184
After hours nurse hotline: 855-839-5121