The CDC has recently made changes to the isolation and quarantine guidelines for individuals who have tested positive, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The following are the College’s updated guidelines:
- Those who test positive for COVID-19 and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:
You must stay home and isolate for five days, regardless of your vaccination status and/or if you are experiencing symptoms. Note: For symptomatic people, “Day 1” is considered the first full day after symptoms develop. You may return to campus after the five days if you have no symptoms or symptoms are improving. If you have a fever, even a low-grade fever that is going down, you should continue to isolate until your temperature is normal. Also, you should wear a face mask around others – even at home – for five additional days. There is no need to test negative to get out of isolation. This is because even after the five-day quarantine process, tests can remain positive for months after a COVID-19 infection, although you are no longer infectious.
- Those exposed to COVID-19 who are up to date on vaccines:
No need to quarantine at home after exposure if you do not have a fever or other symptoms. If you do have a fever or other symptoms, stay at home until your fever is gone or other symptoms are better. Wear a face mask around others for ten days. It is recommended that you get tested if you develop symptoms, or five days after exposure (if possible).
- Those exposed to COVID-19 who are unvaccinated or not up to date on vaccines:
You must quarantine at home for five days and continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days. Please test if you develop symptoms or five days after exposure if you were found positive. Note: You must quarantine for the entire five days regardless even if a negative test is obtained.