Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection).

Close contact is defined as follows:

  • Being less than 6 feet apart for brief encounters that total 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period.
  • Being coughed or sneezed on.
  • Hugging or kissing.
  • Sharing utensils or drinking glasses.
  • Roommate, intimate partner or caregiver.