Asymptomatic individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals should be tested for COVID-19 between the third and fifth day after exposure and must wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until receiving a negative test result. Fully vaccinated is defined as being 2 weeks or more after either receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks or more after receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
Asymptomatic individuals exposed to COVID-19 who have been previously diagnosed with laboratory confirmed COVID-19, and have since recovered, are not required to retest and quarantine within 3 months after the date of symptom onset from the initial COVID-19 infection or date of first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness.
Individuals who have been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 3 months, are required to quarantine for 10 days after exposure. Testing is not required to end quarantine if no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. However, a test should be sought immediately if any symptoms develop during the 14 days after exposure.
Irrespective of quarantine status, all individuals exposed to COVID-19 must:
- Monitor symptoms daily from day of exposure (or first date of awareness of exposure if there is a delay) through Day 14;
- Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);
- Immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their health care provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 3 months, who have been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, are considered close contacts* if they
- Share the same household;
- Had direct physical contact;
- Had direct contact with infectious secretions from the person with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19; or
- Were within 6 feet of a case for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period
*Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
Contact Tracers work with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to identify people they have had contact with and let them know they may have been exposed to the disease.
Find additional information on the New York State Contact Tracing Program.
This flyer contains information on the NYS Contact Tracing Program and encourages New Yorkers to answer the phone if they receive a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993).
After being tested for COVID-19, use this form to help identify anyone you have had contact with.