COVID-19 Close Contact Instructions

COVID-19 Close Contact Instructions:

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If you have been identified as a close contact or you suspect you have had an exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and have not received a call from public health, please use these instructions to best protect yourself, your family and friends:

Remain at home for 14 days following your last contact with the infected person EVEN IF YOU TESTED NEGATIVE. 

  1. Restrict all activities outside of your home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation. It is okay to go outside in your own yard. 
  2. If you live with others, practice social distancing strategies and if at all possible use a separate bedroom and bathroom. COVID-19 is most often spread person-to-person through respiratory droplets. These droplets are produced when a person speaks, coughs or sneezes, and the droplets may land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. Therefore, it is important to stay away from others to prevent the further spread of disease. If you must be in the same area as others in your home, wear a face mask.
  3. Do not prepare food. Eat separately and clean and disinfect dishes and glassware. Use a dishwasher if you have one.
  4. Clean all “high touch” commonly used surfaces daily with soap & water.

 

If you develop symptoms and have a known exposure to a positive.

  1. Should you develop symptoms during quarantine, self-isolate from the rest of your household. Only seek medical attention if it becomes necessary. If you need medical attention that can be given over the phone, call your provider. Example: Prescriptions that can be called in such as inhalers or cough medicines.   
  2. Assume with an exposure that your symptoms may be COVID-19.  You should self-isolate 10 days from when your symptoms began.  You may return to your regular activities once your symptoms have improved and you have no fever for 24 hours without the use of medication. 
  3. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or you become short of breath.

 

Widespread infection may make it difficult to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

  1. Please be aware that the volume of active infection is high. Our first priority is to those positive cases and their families.  We will next do our best to contact all close contacts. If you have not had direct contact with a positive, but contact to someone who has, you are considered a contact of a contact and do not need to quarantine.   

 

For additional COVID-19 questions:

  1. You can call public health at 375-6672.
  2. You can also contact your local provider
  3. CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  4. Montana Dept of Health and Human services https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt

 

Additional Precautions:

  • Wear a facemask                                                      
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Wash your hands with soap & water