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What should I do if I was exposed to COVID-19? What is a close contact?

Last Updated: 02/07/2023

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 if you were in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over 24-hours) with someone who had COVID-19, or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed.

If you were exposed to COVID-19, take precautions immediately – regardless of your vaccination or booster status.

For The Next 10 Days (Day 1 is the first full day after your exposure)

You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you were exposed, so it's important to continue taking precautions.

  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms like fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.
  • Get tested on day 6 after your exposure even if you do not have symptoms.
  • If you test negative for COVID-19, continue to wear a mask around others at all times through day 10.
  • Delay travel if possible
  • Do not go places where you can't wear a mask like a restaurant
  • On day 11, you can remove your mask.

At any point, if you develop symptoms:

Testing is widely available and open to everyone in New Jersey. Visit to find a testing location near you.

Note: If you work in a healthcare setting or live in a high-risk congregate setting, you may be subject to different safety recommendations and timeframes.