August 31, 2020
What is a close contact?
A close contact is anyone who has been within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes of a person confirmed to have COVID-19, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This includes up to two days — or 48 hours — before that person began showing symptoms.
You are a close contact if any of the following situations happened while you spent time with a person with COVID-19, even if they didn't have symptoms:
- Shaking hands.
- Being sneezed or coughed on.
- Sharing a drinking glass, food, towel or other personal item.
- Staying overnight in a house with other people who have been around the person who has COVID-19.
Remember that someone who is sick with COVID-19 can spread it for two days, or 48 hours, before they show any symptoms. Also, not everyone with COVID-19 will have symptoms, but they may still spread it to others.
If you think you are a close contact or are told you are a close contact, you should call Lafene Health Center at 785-532-6544 or call your health care provider to tell them about your close contact and ask for guidance regarding quarantine, isolation or testing.