Ok, I did some research about the virus living outside of the animal and this is what I found...Bites in general are high-risk exposures. Animal contact by itself--such as being in the vicinity of a rabid animal, petting or handling a rabid animal, or coming into contact with the blood, urine or feces of a rabid animal--does not usually constitute exposure and, therefore, does not usually require post-exposure rabies treatment. The exception is if fresh, warm saliva may have been transmitted into an open wound. Exposure of a human to a rabid animal does not always result in rabies. Rabies virus does not survive outside the body for more than few seconds.
The saliva would've needed to be fresh and warm, straight out of the animal's mouth and into your wounds to infect you.
If it helps, I've been super worried about rabies too. I found that lump on my cat the other night and now she's not drinking any water and I'm paranoid that, even though she's strictly indoors, she somehow came in contact with a rabid animal that got in our house. I've been afraid to touch her! But my best friend has been very reassuring and made me think about it logically. He said there's no evidence of an animal getting in the house, and when we talked to the CDC they told us that it is almost unheard of for small animals to carry the virus. Plus, in the US the rabies virus has all but been eliminated in most areas, even in wild animals.
Look up this website: http://www.raboral.com/
It is about an oral rabies vaccine program going on in the US right now. They are vaccinating wild animals orally and even raccoons are not as much of a risk now! I really think this site will help to ease your fears a lot.