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 (406-548-0123) 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 any of these locations. Bring your identification and insurance information, if available:

Once you get your testing order, you can visit a drive-up testing site. Bring your identification and insurance information if available.

  • Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital (Lot H)
    • Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
  • Bozeman Health Belgrade Clinic + UrgentCare
    • Hours: Everyday, 8am – 7pm
  • Big Sky Medical Center
    • Hours: Everyday, 9 am – 5 pm

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.  Your quarantine will last for 14 days because COVID-19 has a 14 day incubation period.  You can get sick anytime during this 14 day period.

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 14 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 Negative During My Quarantine

Testing negative during your quarantine does not shorten or stop your quarantine period. You can test negative during your quarantine period and still get sick with COVID-19 during the 14-day quarantine period.

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.

More Resources



Governor's Face Covering Directive
COVID-19 printable resources
Governor Bullock's Reopening MT phased approach
Governor Bullock's Guidelines and Considerations for Reopening Businesses and Schools
Governor Bullock's Guidelines and Considerations for Reopening Businesses and Schools