Identification and Tracing of Contacts
Case, Close Contact, Indirect Contact
To understand the continuum of health concern for members of the public regarding the contracting of COVID-19, the Pandemic Recovery Framework uses the terms Case, Close Contact, and Indirect Contact to mean the following within a pandemic context:
- Case: A Case refers to a person who tests positive
- Close Contact: A Close Contact refers to a person who is within 6 feet of a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes, regardless of face covering use.
Indirect Contact: Indirect Contacts are people who may have been in proximity to a Close Contact
Steps to Take in Response to Scenarios for case and contact tracing can be found on the SMC Health website.