Quarantine and isolation instructions

Quarantine and isolation instructions

Posted On: 01/11/22


Students, employees and visitors who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, are instructed to following the Center for Disease Control quarantine and isolation instructions.

If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19

The need to quarantine depends on your vaccination status. All those who are exposed should:

  • Get tested for COVID-19 at least 5 days after your last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Isolate immediately and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Take precautions for 10 days (wear a mask anytime you are around others, avoid travel, avoid being around people who are at high risk).

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms

  • Isolate for 5 days after onset of symptoms, or 5 days from specimen collection date if no symptoms are present.
    • Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or specimen collection date if asymptomatic.
    • If you continue to have fever or other symptoms, or have not improved after 5 days of isolation, do not end isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours and your other symptoms have improved. 
  • Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days after release from isolation. If unable to wear a mask when around others, continue to isolate for a total of 10 days. 
    • Avoid being around students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease. 
    • If masks need to be removed (e.g., for lunch), ensure 6 feet of physical distancing until 10 days after symptom onset or positive test. 

Complete details are on the CDC site "Quarantine and Isolation."