What should I do if I am a close contact of a Covid-19 case?
A "close contact" for a Covid-19 case is defined as an individual who has been within 6 feet of a known Covid case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period during the case's infectious period (starting 48 hours prior to the date of symptom onset or the date the positive test was performed, whichever came first). This case definition applies to both indoor and outdoor exposures, with or without masks.
The Health Service's recommendations include the following:
- Close self-monitoring for symptoms. If you develop any symptoms, seek antigen or PCR testing immediately and isolate until you have a negative result.
- Obtain a PCR test as soon as possible if you have not had a negative COVID PCR test in the previous 48 hours. Test again via PCR 5 days post-exposure.
- If you are in the Upper Valley:
- Symptomatic testing can be set up by calling the appointment office at 603-646-9401.
- Asymptomatic PCR testing should be performed via take-home test https://covid.dartmouth.edu/testing-health#testing-resources
- Asymptomatic PCR testing on Saturday December 4th, 11th, and 18th can be scheduled by calling 603-646-9984 for an appointment at 4 Currier.
- If you are not in the Upper Valley, contact your local healthcare provider or visit your state health department's website to find the latest local information for testing.
- Until negative day 5 post-exposure test:
- Double mask indoors
- Avoid large gatherings, both inside and outside
- Avoid close contact and double mask if you need to be closer than 6 feet to others, even if outdoors
- Take advantage of dining to-go
If you are not fully vaccinated (two weeks from completion of a COVID vaccine series), you may be required to quarantine dependent upon the state you are currently located.
- In New Hampshire, not fully vaccinated household contacts (defined as any individual who lives and sleeps in the same indoor shared space as another person diagnosed with COVID-19 in either a temporary or permanent living arrangement) are required to quarantine for 10 days with no test out option.
- In Vermont, all individuals who are not fully vaccinated who fit the definition of a close contact are required to quarantine for 14 days with an option to test out with a negative PCR test performed on day 7 post-exposure.
- When in quarantine, you need to:
- If possible, stay in a separate room from others and use a separate bathroom
- Clean shared spaces after use
- NOT enter any public buildings, including to attend class or eat meals
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others
- Double mask when around others
- Order meals to-go – see https://students.dartmouth.edu/health-service/about/covid-19-campus-information/covid-resources/isolation-and-quarantine-faqs for details
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, the above recommendations do not pertain to you unless you have symptoms.