“What is a close contact?”

A “close contact” is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time (right now, this is thought to be 10-30 minutes but this could change); close contact can occur while caring for, living with (or being an intimate partner with), visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on).