Telling Close Contacts

Testing Positive

Protect Yourself and Others
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If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Take the Call from the Health Department

All positive COVID-19 test results are reported to the OC Health Care Agency (your local health department) for contact tracing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We contact the person who tested positive for COVID-19 to see who else might have been exposed. Please take our call seriously. The caller ID will say “CA COVID Team.”

What we ask for:

  • Where you have been recently and who you have been in contact with
  • The names and contact information of people you had close contact with so that we can call them. We will NOT tell them who may have exposed them without your permission.

What we don’t ask for:

  • Social security number
  • Immigration status
  • Credit card number

Telling Contacts Yourself

Telling Close Contacts

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You should also inform your close contacts yourself.

If you had symptoms, contact people you had close contact with (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more). Your infectious period is two days before you had symptoms until:

  • 10 days after your symptoms started; 
  • 3 days with no fever without medication (e.g., Tylenol, Advil);
  • and respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough shortness of breath) are improving.

If you did not have symptoms, contact people you had close contact with (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) two days before you took your test until 10 days after you had your test.

Here are some words you can use for texting or calling a close contact:

“I know this may be hard news to hear so if you want to talk, give me a call.

After we spent time together recently, I went to get tested for COVID-19 on [date]. Since we had contact recently, my doctor recommends that you and anyone in your home should quarantine at home and get tested even if you don’t have symptoms.

Please let other people you have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) know so that they quarantine at home and can get tested too."