What does community spread mean?
Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected.
What is community transmission of COVID-19?
Community transmission is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples (routine systematic testing of respiratory samples from established laboratories).
What is considered a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
Should I be tested if I have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should be tested, even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. The health department may be able to provide resources for testing in your area.
How are some ways COVID-19 spreads?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
What does local transmission mean?
Local transmission indicates locations where the source of infection is within the reporting location.
What precautions should I take if I have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
Who should get tested for COVID-19 after exposure?
Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.