Close contacts and contact tracing
If you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should watch out for symptoms of COVID-19.
Listing your close contacts
If you test positive for COVID-19, you need to list people you live with on the HSE website if they:
- Are a healthcare worker
- Have a weak immune system (immunocompromised)
- Have a high risk medical condition
You should include people you live with in the 48 hours before your symptoms started.
If you test positive for COVID-19 but you do not have symptoms, you should include people you live with in the 24 hours before your test took place.
Contact tracing is confidential. The people you list as a close contact will not know it was you who gave their contact details.
What happens if I am a close contact?
If you are a close contact, you may get a text message from the HSE about what you need to do.
If you are a close contact with symptoms
You may also need to get a COVID-19 test.
If you are a close contact with no symptoms
You do not need to self-isolate if you have no symptoms. You don’t need take a test unless you are a healthcare worker. You should watch out for symptoms of COVID-19 and take care to protect others.
Antigen testing in primary school and childcare
You can request free antigen tests for your child if they are aged over 4 and there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their class in in school, pre-school or childcare.
You do not have get your child tested if you don't want to. You request these free tests from your child's school principal or childcare facility manager. Read more information on school, childcare and COVID-19