What is close contact?

KDHE says close contacts are those exposed to a person with COVID-19, even if that person didn’t have symptoms, if any of the following situations occurred:

  • Living with the person or stayed overnight for at least one night in a house with the person; or
  • Within 6 feet of the person for 10 consecutive minutes or more; or
  • Direct contact with the infectious secretions of the person (for example, coughed or sneezed on; kissed; contact with a dirty tissue; shared a drinking glass, food, towels, or other personal items).

Anyone who has close contact with a positive patient must complete a 10 day quarantine period beginning after their last contact.

Household contacts, or people who live with someone who tested positive, are required to quarantine for 10 days after the last close contact, which in most circumstances means 10 days after the patient has recovered. A person whose spouse or roommate tests positive may have to quarantine for a total of 20 days or more.

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1. How is COVID-19 treated?
2. What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19 vs allergies and the flu?
4. How long does the virus stay alive on different surfaces?
5. What are the differences between social distancing, quarantine, and isolation?
6. If someone in my household is quarantined, are we all quarantined?
7. How do I care for someone who is sick?
8. What is close contact?
9. What is the amount of time for quarantine?
10. Is there any right to appeal a county quarantine or isolation order?
11. When should I call 911?
12. Can I get advice online?
13. How do I contact the Q&A hotline?
14. How do I contact the screening hotline?
15. Should I wear a mask?
16. What does "public outbreak" mean?