What is a “close contact”?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you may be considered a close contact if you were within 6 feet of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more beginning two days before their symptoms started or they received a positive test result. This is regardless of whether one or both of you were wearing a mask.

When a UW–Madison student or employee tests positive, regardless of whether that test was on campus, the University Health Services contact tracing team works with that individual to identify where they spent time while they were symptomatic or infectious. They also work to identify and get in touch with people who may be deemed close contacts.

If you are a close contact on campus, you are likely to hear from a contact tracer via secure message on your MyUHS app or through the MyUHS web portal.

If you haven’t heard from a contact tracer but you hear from someone that they have tested positive and you meet the above definition of a close contact, you should:

  • If you are unvaccinated, quarantine yourself immediately for at least 10 days and continue your required campus testing as scheduled; if you develop symptoms, you should get tested right away.
  • If you are vaccinated, monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested 3-5 days after you had contact with the person who tested positive. You should also get tested at any point if you develop symptoms and isolate until you receive your results.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 90 days, you do not need to test or quarantine following a close contact. However, if you develop symptoms, you should isolate yourself and get tested.

Read more here: https://covidresponse.wisc.edu/faq/ive-been-exposed-to-someone-with-covid-19-do-i-need-to-quarantine-and-for-how-long/