Who Is a Close Contact?

A close contact is a person who was within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive with COVID-19, for more than 15 minutes.

How a Close Contact is Identified

A close contact is identified by the person with COVID-19. This could be by notification directly from the positive person, or by the Health Department who interviews the positive person to find out who their close contacts where.

What’s Next

Please call the COVID-19 Call Center (406-582-3163) and give them your information, which includes your name, birth date, email address, and the name of the positive person who you were in close contact with. You will be sent a quarantine letter. Then please follow these quarantine instructions.

Testing for Close Contacts

If you have symptoms, please call a health care provider and get an order for testing. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to: fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, stomach problems like nausea and vomiting, or loss of taste and/or smell.

If you are symptomatic, you can be seen by a provider at a number of locations. For more information, visit our Testing page.

I Live With a Person Who Has COVID-19

If you can physically separate from the person with COVID-19 and not have any contact with them during their isolation period, then your quarantine begins on the day following your last exposure to the person with COVID-19.  If you stay free of symptoms, your quarantine will last for 10 days. You should continue to monitor symptoms for an additional 4 days. If symptoms develop at any time during the 14 day incubation period you must remain in or return to quarantine and get tested.

If you cannot physically separate from the person with COVID-19, then you must quarantine while they are in isolation and then for an additional 10 days following their isolation period. This is because you are continuously exposed to the virus and can be contagious without showing any symptoms. It is important that you stay away from other people to keep them from getting COVID-19.

If I Test Positive During My Quarantine

If you get tested during your quarantine period and the results are positive, then you go into isolation. Follow these instructions for isolation.

If you have symptoms, your isolation will begin on the day that your symptoms started and last for 10 days. If you have no symptoms and test positive, then your ten day isolation period will begin on the day of your positive test.