Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire

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Date: October 30, 2020

On October 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed the definition of “close contact” with an infected individual for purposes of determining whether someone must self-quarantine for fourteen days. 

For many months, the CDC had said that “close contact” meant spending a solid, continuous 15 minutes within six feet of someone who tested positive for coronavirus.  The new change now requires self-quarantine if someone has spent a total of 15 minutes or more within six feet of an infected person over a 24-hour period.  So, for example, over the span of 24 hours, five minutes here, seven minutes there, and three minutes more now constitutes “close contact.”

The CDC’s definition of “close contact” requiring self-quarantine now reads:

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

More information regarding When to Quarantine can be found at the CDC’s website at:

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