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What is a “close contact”?

Last Updated September 02, 2021

TCU adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of a close contact.

Per the CDC (9/2/2021): A close contact is defined by using Proximity and Duration of ExposureSomeone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.