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COVID-19: Next Steps After Close Contact

Follow these steps if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

You may be notified that you were exposed by a friend or relative, public health, or an electronic notification system.


1. Get tested


2. Wear a mask

Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 10 days after your last exposure to COVID-19, even if you are up to date on recommended COVID-19 vaccines.


3. Get vaccinated

If you are not already, get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines strengthen your body's defense against COVID-19 and protect those around you. Stay up to date on your vaccines by getting a booster dose when eligible.


Have questions?

Call 211, contact a doctor or local health department.

Want to learn more?

Learn more about what to do after exposure to COVID-19, see answers to frequently asked questions, and find resources.

211 Wisconsin

Call 211 or 877-947-2211 to get referrals for thousands of services across Wisconsin. For COVID-19 questions, text COVID to 211-211. Language assistance is available.

Resilient Wisconsin

Get help learning how to manage stress and adapt to change with services and support from organizations across the state.

Helpful resources

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Last revised August 22, 2022