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Covid-19: What Makes You A Close Contact And How To Declare In MySejahtera

Covid-19: What Makes You A Close Contact And How To Declare In MySejahtera

You can self-report on MySejahtera as a close contact and complete your self-isolation at home.

Fernando Fong

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Has someone you met recently tested positive for Covid-19? If so, are you counted as close contact?

Perhaps many are still confused about the meaning of close contact and what action needs to be taken next.

If you have had direct contact with a person who is positive for Covid-19 within the last 14 days – either face to face with a Covid-19 patient at a distance of less than 1 meter OR in contact with him/her, you are considered as close contact.

Here is the latest information by the Health Ministry regarding close contacts.

Meaning Of Close Contact

How does one become a close contact?

  • Those who live in the same house or live together in the same place with a person who is Covid-19 positive.
  • Close chat (face to face) of more than 15 minutes with a distance of less than 1 meter with a person who is Covid-19 positive.
  • Being with a person who is Covid-19 positive in an air-conditioned room for more than 2 hours together.
  • Traveling/driving with a person who is Covid-19 positive for more than 15 minutes.

In addition, close contacts also include the following individuals:

  • Health personnel providing treatment for Covid-19-certified cases without wearing complete personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Individuals living in the same household with a person who is Covid-19 positive
  • Individuals sitting close (less than 1 meter) with a person who is Covid-19 positive in one premise such as an office, classroom, places of worship, shop and others.
  • Individuals who traveled together and sat nearby (less than 1 meter) with a person who is Covid-19 positive throughout the trip.

What To Do In Case Of Close Contact?

If you meet any of the criteria above, it needs to be reported in your MySejahtera system (positive case) to enable a digital quarantine order to be issued (HSO).

Starting 8 February 2022, here are the steps to take if you become a close contact.

  • Perform a self-test if you have symptoms.
  • If positive, report your results in MySejahtera.
  • Isolate yourself and then you will be given a digital quarantine order from MySejahtera (Can be used for formal purposes)
  • Enter the list of names of your close contacts in your MySejahtera application to enable quarantine instructions to be given to your close contacts in their MySejahtera.
  • Continue quarantine if you are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic (no need to attend CAC) until the end of the quarantine order.
  • If your health condition worsens or your symptoms worsen, call the CAC or go directly to your nearest Hospital/KK emergency.
  • Those with CATEGORY 2B symptoms, need to be present for treatment.

How To Declare Yourself In MySejahtera

You can declare yourself in the MySejahtera application through the following steps:

  • Open the MySejahtera application> Click COVID-19 Status on the main page
  • Press Start to start answering the question.
  • Answer Yes if you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Fill in the information on the Covid-19 positive case.

You will receive a Home Surveillance Order/quarantine at home through MySejahtera as below:

For ALL individuals identified as close contact to a positive case (including those who have not been vaccinated):

If you do not experience any symptoms, there is no need to attend the CAC, there is no need to do a Covid-19 test (unless symptomatic), and will no longer need to wear a bracelet.

You only need to quarantine at home and answer Health Assessment questions every day until the end of quarantine.

The Quarantine Release Letter (RO) will also be available digitally once you have had enough days to undergo quarantine.

Close contacts will be given a digital HSO through MySejahtera and only need to undergo quarantine at their respective residences.

An SMS or call from the Automated Voice Recording (robocall) service will be sent if you do not conduct self-monitoring through MySejahtera.

Quarantine Period

The isolation period (quarantine) for individuals identified as close contact to Covid-19 positive cases is as follows:

  • 5 days for individuals who have received a booster dose;
  • 7 days for individuals who have received a complete vaccination;
  • 10 days for individuals who have not been fully vaccinated or have not been vaccinated.

Failure to be at a quarantine address during the monitoring of the HSO period is an offense.

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