Who is considered a case?
Per local health departments, “a case is an individual who has tested positive with a viral (PCR) or antigen diagnostic test, whether or not they have any symptoms. Cases also include close contacts who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but who may not have been tested. Symptoms may include any of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new smell disorder, new taste disorder, fever, chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or congestion/runny nose.”
Who is considered a close contact to someone with COVID-19?
Per local health departments, “a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.”
Who should be tested?
FCPH recommends, “all individuals with symptoms get tested but an asymptomatic individual might choose to be tested. If a close contact tests negative and that individual does not have symptoms, he or she should continue to stay home and self-quarantine away from others for 14 days after the last exposure to the COVID-19 case and follow all recommendations from the health department. This is important because symptoms can appear up to 14 days after exposure.”