Close Contact Exposures

Close Contact Exposures

Close Contacts: What to know and do 

So, you are a close contact – you have been notified through the CA-Notify App, told by a friend, called by a contact tracer, or learned from others that you had an exposure to COVID-19.  What to do?

  • First, if you have symptoms, STAY HOME and self-isolate, and get tested now and again 3-5 days from your exposure. 

    • You should get tested as soon as possible: you can self-schedule a symptomatic test on eTang

    • Stay home until you have tested negative with TWO home antigen tests (separated by 24 hours) OR a single PCR test, unless an alternate diagnosis is found

  • You do not need to test if you had COVID within the past 90 days, unless you develop symptoms. 

Potential Exposure: What to know and do

 A “potential exposure to COVID-19” is different from being identified as a close contact with a COVID-19 positive case.  You are likely to be at LOWER risk than an identified contact, and no more than, for example, visiting a supermarket, however this alert should prompt you to take the following actions:

  • Monitor for symptoms and if you develop symptoms, as always self-schedule a symptomatic test on eTang(link is external) and self-isolate pending results.

  • Schedule a surveillance test on campus, preferably at 3-5 days from the potential exposure

  • You do not have to do a COVID test, unless you develop symptoms.

Please note: an exposure notification through the CalNotify App is equivalent to a close contact notice, not to a “potential exposure.”  If you receive one of these, follow the instructions for “ Contact Tracing: What to know and do” below.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (both those who are sick with COVID-19 and those without symptoms) from people who are not infected.  Isolation for COVID-19 generally lasts for no more than 10 days, requiring in addition that you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours and have improvement in any symptoms. Exceptions may apply when someone is seriously ill or has serious underlying medical conditions.