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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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GET TESTED

We recommend that you get tested. 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.

MONITOR YOUR HEALTH

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 within 14 days after exposure you begin to experience symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for further instruction.

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QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION

If you receive an exposure alert, you should monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.  And if you are not vaccinated, you should stay home and quarantine. While 14 days is the recommended length of quarantine, there are options to reduce the length of quarantine. In most instances, people without symptoms can end quarantine after day 10 without testing or after day 7 if they have tested negative for COVID-19 on or after day 5 after their exposure.

If you end quarantine before the full 14 days, you should monitor for symptoms and take other precautions (such as wearing a mask) through day 14.

Avoid 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 (for example, food and medication) are being met. If you are  fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, you may not need to quarantine, but should be tested 3-5 days following your exposure.  You should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result. If the test result is positive, then you need to isolate.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days after exposure, please quarantine at home and contact your healthcare provider to see if testing is necessary.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 3 months, you do not necessarily need to quarantine. However, you should monitor your symptoms closely for 14 days from your date of exposure.

You can find more information about how to safely quarantine or isolate in the FAQs about Isolation and Quarantine.

ANSWER THE CALL

You may receive a call from our contact tracers. Please answer if you see MD COVID or 240-466-4488 on your caller ID.

You could receive a call if the 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 how to 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.

HOW DO I DETERMINE MY DATE OF EXPOSURE?

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.

MD COVID Alert FAQs