Who is a Close Contact

You are a Close Contact if you have had sufficient contact with a person with COVID-19 while they were infectious. A Close Contact is any person deemed at the highest risk of developing infection based on exposure to an infectious case.

You are considered a Close Contact if you have:

been close (within 1.5 metres) to a positive case of COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes and the case was not wearing a mask or was not wearing a mask correctly.  For example, having a conversation, sitting across a table from someone, eating together, or playing together.

OR

had direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva from a case. For example, sharing a cigarette, vape, or drink bottle, if the person coughed or sneezed directly on you, or kissing. It also includes if the case was singing, shouting, exercising, or dancing. This is for any duration of time regardless of face covering use.

OR

spent time in an indoor space, and the space was small and poorly ventilated, and it was for more than 15 minutes (i.e., there were no windows or doors open, or there were no air filtration mechanisms in place). For example, a small office or school classroom.

OR

spent time in an indoor space (cumulative, non-face-to-face contact) for more than 1 hour with a case and at least one of the following: 

  • the case was not wearing a mask or wasn’t wearing it properly. For example, sitting or playing near someone.
  • the indoor space was moderate-sized and poorly ventilated (i.e., there were no windows or doors open, or there were no air filtration mechanisms in place). For example, nightclubs, social gatherings, church sessions indoors, and gyms.   

All household members of a case are Close Contacts (Household). 

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.
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.