COVID-19 Positive Tests and Close Contacts
I tested positive for COVID-19
If you are notified by your testing location or St. Croix County Public Health that you have tested positive for COVID-19, the following is required:
- Stay home
It is vital that you stay home and do not return to work, school or in-person social activities until ALL of the following:
- It has been 10 days since you first felt sick OR since you were tested if you never felt sick.
- You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms are getting better.
- You have had no fever for 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.
- Household members stay home too
Household members of a positive COVID-19 case need to remain home. Household members will begin quarantine:
- On the day you can completely separate within the household. OR
- If complete separation is not possible, household members need to be home during your isolation AND begin their quarantine after your isolation is complete.
- Household members that develop symptoms should be tested.
- Notify your close contacts
We are asking for your help in notifying the people you came into close contact with while you were likely infectious. The infectious period begins two days before you started to feel sick or two days before you were tested if you never had symptoms. If you worked while infectious, please call your employer and let them know.
When you notify your close contacts please provide them this handout which explains their next steps and a link to the close contact form. An option to quickly notify your close contacts is to use this free and confidential service to at tellyourcontacts.org.
Testing negative during the quarantine period for household members or close contacts does not mean that quarantine can be ended early. It can take two weeks for the virus to show up on a test. Contacts of close contacts do not have to remain home unless they develop symptoms. Only close contacts of positive cases remain home.
- Monitor your symptoms
- Contact your doctor or seek emergency care for any serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing.
- Even if you don’t develop symptoms, it is possible to spread COVID-19 to others
- Contact Covid19@sccwi.gov if you have questions
Resources for Positive Cases
- Next Steps: After You are Diagnosed with Covid-19 (PDF) - English
- Next Steps: After You are Diagnosed with Covid-19 (PDF) - Spanish
- Next Steps: What Can I Do to Help Notify my Close Contacts of Their Exposure? (PDF)
- Tell Your Contacts
- Isolation Release Times (PDF)
I'm a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19
If you have been told that you are a close contact of someone who tested positive, you may be at risk of getting sick with COVID-19 up to 14 days after contact with that person. Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community by doing the following:
- Stay home (quarantine) for up to 14 days after contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Do not leave for work, school, or other activities. There are three options for quarantine listed below.
All options require that you monitor your symptoms and continue to wear a face covering, socially distance, and avoid crowds for the full 14 days. If symptoms develop, isolate and get tested.
- 14 days: This is the safest and recommended option.
- 10 days: You can end your quarantine after 10 days if you have not had symptoms during your daily monitoring.
- 7 days: You can end your quarantine after 7 days if you receive a negative test result (PCR or antigen) that was collected on day 6 or day 7 of your quarantine. Quarantine cannot be ended earlier than 7 days. A pending test result on day 7 is not sufficient to end quarantine early.
- If the positive case you were exposed to is a household member the quarantine begins:
- on the day you can completely separate from them within the household OR
- if that is not possible, you will be home during their isolation AND begin your quarantine after their isolation is complete
- Monitor for symptoms
- Get tested
- If you develop symptoms, contact your doctor to get a COVID-19 test
- A test is recommended 7-9 days after contact with the positive person, even if you have no symptoms
- A negative test result does not get anyone out of quarantine. A body needs up to 14 days to develop COVID after an exposure with someone who is positive.
- You can find testing locations here.
Resources for Close Contacts
- Close Contact Form
- Next Steps: Close Contacts of Someone with Covid-19 (PDF) - English
- Next Steps: Close Contacts of Someone with Covid-19 (PDF) - Spanish
- Next Steps: While You Wait for Your Covid-19 Test Results (PDF)
- Quarantine Release Times for household members of a positive case (PDF)
- Covid-19 Quarantine Release Times for non-household members (PDF)
I am a contact to someone who was identified as a close contact
If you are a contact of someone who was identified as a close contact, you do not have any specific restrictions. quarantine is ONLY for close contacts of positive cases. If you develop symptoms, please get tested. You can find testing locations here.
I have an Employee that tested positive for COVID-19
- Determine how long the positive employee will be away from work
- Ask the employee who tested positive for the date that they started feeling sick, or if they don’t have any symptoms, ask them the date they were tested.
- Add 10 full days (isolation period) to this date to calculate the employee’s last day that they are to remain home and out of the community.
- On that last date, check in with them to see if they have been fever free for 24 hours and their other symptoms are getting better/ They will need to remain home until they are fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medications) and any other symptoms are improving.
- Identify close contacts
- Ask the employee who tested positive who at work they were within 6 feet of for more than 15 minutes starting 2 days prior to first date of their symptoms or test date if they didn’t have symptoms. These people are close contacts. Close contacts are at the greatest risk of exposure and should remain at home for up to 14 days from the date they were last exposed to the positive case. Read the “I’m a close contact” section above for more information.
- Implement controls for COVID-19.
- All employees need to wear masks and encourage the public to wear them as well.
- Employees need to maintain a 6-foot distance from one another and the public when possible.
- Routinely disinfect commonly touch surfaces.