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I’ve Been Alerted.

You received a notification from MD COVID Alert because you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. What’s next?

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What to do after you receive an alert

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We recommend that you get tested 5 days after exposure. Contact your health care provider or visit covidtest.maryland.gov to find testing locations near you. Make sure you wear a mask and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others when you go to get tested.


Take your temperature with a thermometer every day and watch for other signs and symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. If you develop any of these symptoms within 10 days of your exposure get tested immediately and begin to isolate. If within 14 days after exposure you begin to experience symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for further instruction.

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If you receive an exposure alert, you should monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days.  If you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine, you should stay home and quarantine for 5 days. After Day 5, if you do not develop symptoms, you may end quarantine IF you wear a well-fitting mask when around others for an additional 5 days (through day 10).

Quarantining means avoiding contact with others to prevent spreading COVID-19. Do not go to work or school. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares. Your local health department can assist you with making sure that your basic needs are being met.

If you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine and have no symptoms, or if you tested positive for COVID-19, you may not need to quarantine. You can find more information about how to safely quarantine or isolate in the FAQs about Isolation and Quarantine.


You may receive a call, text or email from our contact tracers. Please answer if you see MD COVID or 240-466-4488 on your caller ID or follow the link provided by the text from 51454 or email from mdh.ctsurvey@maryland.gov.

You could receive a call, text or email if an individual with COVID-19 shares with a contact tracer that they were in close contact with you while infectious. The contact tracer will call you and provide guidance on how to quarantine and monitor for symptoms. This process was developed to help prevent further spread of COVID-19.

A contact tracer will never ask you for your social security number, financial or bank account information, or personal details unrelated to COVID-19.


To determine your date of exposure on an iPhone, go to Settings and open Exposure Notifications. The exposure date is found under “You might have been exposed to COVID-19…” On an Android phone, your date of exposure is conveyed in the alert message under “possible exposure date.”

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If you have questions about MD COVID Alert that are not in the FAQs, please submit questions to mdh.mdcovidalert@maryland.gov.