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What happens if I think I’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

Contact Boise State Public Health at or (208) 426-2968. A Public Health team member will call you to discuss your situation and assist you with next steps.

A close contact occurs if:

    • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
    • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
  • If you are identified as having been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should adhere to the following guidance.

Have you previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, begin wearing a mask and reach out to Boise State Public Health for testing guidance. If not, follow the guidance below based on whether or not you are experiencing symptoms.

Are you symptomatic?

If you are symptomatic you should:

  • Begin isolation and get tested*
  • Wait to return to in-person activities until you know the result
  • If you test positive, reach out to Boise State Public Health
  • If you test negative, follow asymptomatic guidance below


If you are not experiencing symptoms, please follow the guidance below.

Take precautions for 10 full days after you have been exposed:

Get tested* on Day 6 or later after exposure (even if you don’t develop symptoms):

  • If you test positive, begin isolation immediately and contact us at
  • If you test negative, continue masking precautions through day 10

* PCR COVID-19 tests are recommended, except for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. At-home COVID-19 antigen tests are less likely to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus than PCR tests and as such are currently FDA-authorized for repeat, or serial use (three tests are recommended beginning day 6, waiting 48 hours between each test). Both PCR and antigen testing are available on campus.