Health Center

Quarantine & Isolation Information

Isolation 

  • Isolate for five days where day zero is the day symptoms start.  If asymptomatic (without symptoms) the date of collection of the first positive specimen is day zero.
  • If asymptomatic at the end of day five or if symptoms are resolving and you have had no fever for 24 hours, isolation ends.
  • Day six through ten you should wear a well-fitting mask while around others.  If you can’t wear a well-fitting mask, then you should isolate for days six through ten.
  • During days six through ten do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask e.g., restaurants.
  • Day six through ten avoid travel. If you must travel wear a well-fitted mask. 

Quarantine

  • If exposed to COVID-19, quarantine as follows, where day 0 is the last date of exposure.
  • If not fully vaccinated or vaccinated and eligible for a booster but not yet boosted, quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitting mask while around others days six through ten.
  • If fully vaccinated and boosted (with a booster at least two weeks before the first date of exposure) or not yet eligible for a booster or have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and you are not experiencing any symptoms, no quarantine is required but you should wear a well-fitted mask while around others for ten days after last exposure.
  • If possible, test day five with either a PCR (NAAT, nucleic acid amplification test) or an antigen test.  If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days don’t test if you have no symptoms.
  • If symptoms appear, isolate, and seek testing.  If test results are negative, isolation would end.  If testing is not done, isolate according to the guidance above under “isolation”. 

Self-Care Isolation Instructions 

  • Do not leave your residence/room except to get medical care when required.
  • Stay away from other people.  Use a separate bathroom if possible.
  • If you cannot avoid being around other people, wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Avoid contact with other members of your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If washing is not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing personal items (e.g.: dishes, towels, and bedding).
  • Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • If you are not allergic to acetaminophen, treat your fever, body aches, and/or headache with this medication 650mg every four hours OR 1000mg every six hours.
  • Monitor your symptoms.  They are NOT expected to be severe.  They should improve on day 3 of your illness.  If your illness doesn’t follow this pattern, call Student Health Service.