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Exposed to COVID-19

Exposed to someone with COVID-19? Quarantine.

Follow these steps.

 

Quarantine:

Who needs to quarantine?
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
This includes people who previously had COVID-19 and people who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the virus.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

What steps should I take to quarantine?

  • Stay home and monitor your health
  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID19
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

If you develop symptoms, please visit this page: SYMPTOMS

 

Return

Contact the COVID Response Center at the completion of the clearance process described below.

You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

For all of the following scenarios, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
See scenarios below to determine when you can end quarantine and be around others.

Situations when in Direct Contact with COVID Positive Person:

Situation #1: Employee had direct contact (within 6 ft for ≥15 minutes) with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Will not have any further contact with the sick individual.
Example: “I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and will not have further contact or interactions with the person while they are sick (e.g., co-worker, neighbor, or friend).”
Clearance to return to campus:
Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and not come to university property. Any development of symptoms puts you in the symptomatic situation. Date of last close contact with person who has COVID-19 + 14 days = end of quarantine.

 

Situation #2: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—live with the person but can avoid further close contact
Example: “I live with someone who has COVID-19 (e.g., roommate, partner, family member), and that person has isolated by staying in a separate bedroom. I have had no close contact with the person since they isolated.”
Clearance to return to campus:
Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and not come to university property. Any development of symptoms puts you in the symptomatic situation. Date person with COVID-19 began home isolation + 14 days = end of quarantine.

 

Situation #3: Under quarantine and had additional close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Example: “I live with someone who has COVID-19 and started my 14-day quarantine period because we had close contact. What if I ended up having close contact with the person who is sick during my quarantine? What if another household member gets sick with COVID-19? Do I need to restart my quarantine?”
Clearance to return to campus:
You will have to restart your quarantine from the last day you had close contact with anyone in your house who has COVID-19.Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine. Any development of symptoms puts you in the symptomatic situation. Date of additional close contact with person who has COVID-19 + 14 days = end of quarantine.

 

Situation #4: Live with someone who has COVID-19 and cannot avoid continued close contact.
Example: “I live in a household where I cannot avoid close contact with the person who has COVID-19. I am providing direct care to the person who is sick, don’t have a separate bedroom to isolate the person who is sick, or live in close quarters where I am unable to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.”
Clearance to return to campus:
You should avoid contact with others outside the home while the person is sick, and quarantine for 14 days after the person who has COVID-19 meets thecriteria to end home isolation. Any development of symptoms puts you in the symptomatic situation. Date the person with COVID-19 ends home isolation + 14 days = end of quarantine.

 

Situation when in Secondary Contact with COVID Positive Person:

Situation #5: Employee lives with someone who had direct contact (within 6 ft for ≥15 minutes) with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Example: “My daughter, who lives with me, was told by her employer that she had direct contact at work with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.”
Clearance to return to campus:
Self-monitor for symptoms but you can continue to report to campus. Any development of symptoms puts you in the symptomatic situation. If the daughter tests positive or becomes symptomatic then follow the situation above for living with confirmed positive.