When Someone in Worship Tests Positive for COVID-19

When Someone in Worship Tests Positive for COVID-19

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What do I do when someone who attended worship tests positive for COVID-19 one to two days later?
  • Notify your local health department to see what they recommend for your area. Follow their recommendations.
  • Notify everyone who was in attendance to be watching for symptoms. Do not reveal the name of the person who tested positive. Sign-in or registration sheets are helpful here. 

CDC Recommendations for Anyone Who has Been Around a Person with COVID-19

Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure to that person, except if they meet these conditions.  

Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19 does not need to quarantine. However, fully vaccinated close contacts should: 
  • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until a negative test result.
  • Get tested 5-7 days after close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Get tested and isolate immediately if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Someone who tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and has subsequently recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms does not need to quarantine. However, close contacts with prior COVID-19 infection in the previous 90 days should: 
  • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days after exposure.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate immediately if symptoms develop: 
  Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea 



 
  • Consult with a healthcare professional for testing recommendations if new symptoms develop.

Author

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Debbie Ringen

Deborah is the Minister of Health and Wellness at the Southern New England Conference.

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