Who is a Close Contact

You are a Close Contact if you have had contact with a person with COVID-19 while they were infectious.

You are a Close Contact in the following situations:

  • If you have been close (within 1.5 metres) to someone who has COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, and they were not wearing a face mask or not wearing it properly. This may include how close you were sitting near someone on an aeroplane.
  • If you have had direct contact with a person who has COVID-19. For example, kissing, or if the person coughed or sneezed on you.
  • If you spent time in an indoor space with someone who has COVID-19 for more than 1 hour and at least one of the following.
    • They were singing, shouting, smoking, vaping, exercising, or dancing.
    • They were not wearing a face mask or it was not on properly.
    • It was poorly ventilated.
    • It was smaller than 100m2 (about 3 double garages).

You are also a Close Contact if you live with or you are travelling with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

How you will find out you are a Close Contact

You may be told you are a Close Contact by:

  • someone who has tested positive for COVID-9
  • a message or call from the Public Health Unit at Niue Foou Hospital.

What you need to do

If you are a Close Contact, you must:

  • isolate for 7 days
  • take 4 COVID-19 tests — on Day 1, Day 3, Day 5, and Day 7
  • monitor for symptoms and if any develop, take a test straight away.
  • Your Day 1, Day 3, and Day 5 tests will be done using rapid antigen tests (RATs). You must report your results, even if it is negative.
Your Day 1 and Day 3 tests will be done using rapid antigen tests (RATs). You must report your results, even if it is negative.
 

How to report your RAT

Email covid.results@gov.nu or report your result during your daily welfare check.

If you are travelling or on holiday

If you are travelling or on holiday in Niue, you may have to change your travel plans so you can complete your isolation period.
You are expected to meet any additional costs associated with extending your stay or booking alternative accommodation. Check your travel insurance policy to see if you are covered.

Look after yourself

It is important to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Everyone’s experience of isolation is different. Some people may find this time much harder than others. It is okay to feel stressed or anxious.

Tips for making self-isolation easier

When you can leave isolation

You can leave isolation after 7 days if:

  • your Day 7 PCR test was negative, and
  • you do not have any symptoms
If you test positive during your isolation period, you need to re-start your 7 day self-isolation from the earliest of either:
  • the day your symptoms started
  • the date you tested positive for COVID-19.