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Should contacts of contacts be tested?
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 available to everyone in New Jersey.
It's especially important to get tested if:
- You have COVID-19 symptoms after being exposed, even if you are fully vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19 in the last 3 months.
- You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated or recently recovered.
- You were recently in a large gathering where social distancing was hard to maintain or a crowded indoor setting and are not fully vaccinated or recently recovered.
- You must travel and are not fully vaccinated, get a viral test 1-3 days before travel and 3-5 days after travel.
To find a testing location near you, visit covid19.nj.gov/testing
Note: Fully vaccinated people without symptoms do not need to get tested, but should still monitor for symptoms for 14 days following an exposure.