Heather Frketich
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Public Health Question (October 2021)

What do I do if I am exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and am not vaccinated?

The safest thing for unvaccinated individuals to do after exposure to another person positive for COVID-19 is to quarantine for 14 days because 2-14 days is the incubation period for illness to develop ill with COVID-19. Unvaccinated and exposed individuals should get tested 3-5 days after exposure and still complete their 14-day quarantine even if they receive a negative result. If the exposed and unvaccinated individual receives a positive result, the individual must isolate for 10 days from their illness onset (start of symptoms) OR isolate for 10 days from the date they received COVID-19 testing (if asymptomatic). 

This is covered in the COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools; Updated August 31st, 2021:
“Exposed close contacts who are not fully vaccinated should be referred for COVID-19 testing. Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not be referred for COVID-19 testing.
· If negative, they should quarantine at home according to the COVID-19 Exclusion Table after exposure.
· If positive, they should isolate (for 10 days from their illness onset or 10 days from the date they received testing).

Exposed close contacts who have no COVID-like symptoms and are either fully vaccinated or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days:
· Do not need to quarantine, be excluded from school, but should be tested 3-5 days following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
· Should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.
· Should wear a mask in other indoor public settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.”

Unvaccinated & Exposed to COVID-19 (+) Case  Fully Vaccinated & Exposed to COVID-19 (+) Case
  • Get tested for 3-5 days after last exposure.
  • If negative, complete 14-day quarantine from date of last exposure.
  • If positive, complete 10-day isolation from date of illness onset OR date specimen was collected (if asymptomatic).
  • Get tested 3-5 days after last exposure. 
  • If negative, self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and wear a mask around others.
  • If positive, complete 10-day isolation from date of illness onset OR date specimen was collected (if asymptomatic).

*NOTE: Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not be referred for testing because there is a possibility that the previously (+) individual could still yield (+) test results. These individuals are not thought to be infectious for at least 90 days after their last (+) test.

To learn more about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine:

To learn more about what “fully vaccinated” means:

To learn more specifically why the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for adolescents:

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