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Quarantine & Isolation Information

COVID-19 Isolation Spring 2024

On March 1st, 2024, the CDC dropped their recommendation of isolation for 5 days after a positive COVID test, the NYS Department of Health made the same recommendation on 3/7/24.

The new recommendation:

  • Stay home when you are feeling sick from a respiratory virus (COVID-19, Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or an influenza like illness).
  • Return to normal activities when you are feeling better and have been fever free for 24hrs.


  • No longer recommended following contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

Self-Care Isolation Instructions 

  • Do not leave your residence/room except to get medical care if required or grab and go food.
  • Avoid close contact with members of your household.  If you cannot avoid being around other people, wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Use a separate bathroom if possible.  If sharing a bathroom wipe sink with antiviral wipe after use.
  • 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 3-4 of your illness.  If your illness doesn’t follow this pattern, call Student Health Service.