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Should contacts of contacts be tested?

Last Updated: 02/06/2023

Being the contact of someone who had close contact with a COVID-19-postive person does not require testing.

For example, if you have a coworker whose family member is a confirmed case, you are not necessarily at risk. Despite coming into contact with the coworker, you did not have close contact with the person who actually has COVID-19.

However, testing is widely available and open to everyone in New Jersey.

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It's especially important to get tested if:

  • You have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of your vaccination status or if you recently recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Test immediately.
  • You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Wait at least 5 full days after your exposure and test on day 6.
  • You are in high-risk settings where screening testing is implemented.
  • You plan to be in contact with someone at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, especially if you are in an area with a CDC COVID-19 Community Level in Medium or High.
  • You have plans for travel. It is recommended to get tested with a viral test no more than 3 days before travel.