What If I Test Positive?

Following new CDC guidance, we recommend that individuals testing positive for COVID-19 stay home/isolate from others for at least five days from the day of the positive test. Individuals who test positive will also need to wear a high-quality mask when they must be around others at home and in public. If after five days you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5. You should then wear a high-quality mask through day 10.

In summary, if you test positive, you should isolate for five days and then mask for five days following.

Students who test positive should notify the Dean of Students Office so they can review isolation procedures and make arrangements for accommodations, including food and coursework. Faculty and staff should notify Human Resources as well as their supervisor so that they can make accommodations for an absence.

Do close contacts need to quarantine/isolate?

Per new CDC guidance, if you are identified as a close contact, you no longer need to quarantine at home or away from others. You can go to work, attend school and be in other settings around people as long as you wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask. Close contacts should mask for ten days following their possible exposure and then test at least five days after the exposure.

Last updated: Aug. 22, 2022