If I have a positive COVID-19 test, how can I notify my close contacts?
Review the Virginia Department of Health document ‘How to notify your close contacts’. This document is available to all students in the Patient Portal, under Education.
If you have COVID-19, it is important that people you had close contact with while contagious are notified so that they can get tested and/or quarantine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes everyone who:
- Has been within 6 feet of you for a total of 15minutes or moreover a 24-hour period, or,
- Has been directly exposed to your respiratory secretions (e.g., coughed or sneezed on, shared a glass/utensils, kissed, etc.), or,
- Lives with you, or
- You provide care to.
Contagious = You are considered contagious starting 2 days before you became sick (or 2 days before your test collection if you never had symptoms) until you complete isolation.
During the contact tracing process, the health department will work to confidentially notify your close contacts so they can take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.