What should I do if I have close contact with a person with COVID-19?
Except in certain circumstances, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine. However, the following people with recent exposure may NOT need to quarantine:
- People who have been fully vaccinated and do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months, have fully recovered, and do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.
If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and need to quarantine, the CDC recommends staying home and away from others for 14 days. In certain situations, the CDC has released two alternative options to a full 14-day quarantine for exposed persons who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic:
- Option 1: Quarantine can end after Day 10 (e.g., Day 11) without testing for COVID-19 if there are no symptoms or other clinical evidence of COVID-19 during the entire 10 days and up to the time at which separating from others is discontinued.
- Option 2: Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative for COVID-19 AND if there were no symptoms during the seven days. The specimen may be collected and tested on or after Day 5 of quarantine but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7. Quarantine must continue through Day 7 and/or until the negative test result is reported/received.
After ending quarantine:
- Continue to monitor for symptoms through Day 14.
- Adhere to transmission prevention strategies through Day 14, including wearing a mask or face covering, social distancing, frequently washing hands and limiting activities/outings.
- If symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and separate from others and contact a health care provider or the Polk County Health Department.
What activities can I do after I'm fully vaccinated?
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
- You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
- If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
- You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
- You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
- You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
- You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
- You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
- If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
- However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
- If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required?to get tested within three days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.