What is a “close contact”?

A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact through respiratory droplets, created when someone talks, coughs or sneezes. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, you could get sick. Learn more about what to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.