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COVID-19 FAQs for Local Businesses

Q: Someone I know tested positive for COVID-19. How do I know if I was exposed?

A: Criteria for exposure to COVID-19 are as follows:

  • Exposure occurred during the infectious period, which begins 48 hours before the onset of infection (beginning of symptoms or date of positive test, whichever occurred first) and extends until at least 10 days have passed from the onset of infection and symptoms have been resolved for at least 24 hours without medication.

  • During exposure, you were within 6 feet of the individual for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes or more OR you had direct contact with infectious secretions such as respiratory droplets for any period of time

  • You are still considered a close contact even if you and/or the individual wore masks during the exposure. While masks are excellent risk reduction tools, they do not eliminate risk for transmission.

Q: I was notified that I am a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. What do I need to do for quarantine?

A: Detailed quarantine guidance is available HERE

Q: Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

A: There are a number of local testing sites, as well as self-tests, which can be purchased at local pharmacies.

Q: I tested positive for COVID-19 at a testing site. What should I do?

A: You are required to isolate if you have tested positive. Detailed isolation guidance is available HERE

Q: I tested positive for COVID-19 with a self-test I performed at home, or someone in my household tested positive with a self-test I performed for them. What should I do?

A: If performed correctly per manufacturer directions, it is exceedingly rare for an antigen test to produce a false negative test. If you have a positive self-test, you should isolate per the Massachusetts DPH isolation protocols. Detailed guidance here.

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