Close Contact: What Does That Mean?

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our communities, it is important that we all work together to prevent the spread of this virus.

The CDC defines Close Contact as being within 6 feet of a COVID-positive individual for 15 cumulative minutes or more over a 24 hour period. This starts 48 hours before their symptoms become known (or before their positive test was taken if they are asymptomatic). Wearing a face covering does not affect this definition; proximity to a COVID-positive individual is what matters.

We all miss our face-to face conversations. We all look forward to a time when we can meet in a hallway or poke our head in an office for a quick “hello.” That day will come. We know it will. But we know also that in order to protect ourselves and others, we need to comply with the practices issued by the CDC:

· Wear a face covering

· Keep a safe distance

· Wash your hands frequently

We’re doing really well as an agency in maintaining health and safety. Let’s keep up the good work. Please avoid close contact with others, both at work and outside the office. Use the phone, schedule a ZOOM meeting, send an email or use Facetime—there are any number of ways to communicate short of face-to face interaction.

Let’s all be safe. Let’s keep each other safe. We’ll get through difficult time. Let’s do it together . . . apart.

We thank everyone for their continued efforts!

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