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Isolation Guidelines

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID19: Follow typical university sick policy and stay home when you’re sick.  There is no need to notify the COVID Response Center.

  • What To Do Now: Stay home and test immediately. If you test negative for COVID, consider retesting 24 - 48 hours after your first negative test, for a total of at least two tests. The CDC advises that multiple negative tests increases the confidence that you are not infected with the COVID-19 virus the virus. If you test negative on the second rapid antigen test and are concerned that you have COVID-19, consider testing again 48 hours after your second test, getting a PCR test, or contacting your medical provider to evaluate for other causes.

  • Return 24 hours after your symptoms have improved and you are free of fever.

  • If test result is positive, see below.



If you have tested positive for COVID19, please complete the COVID19 Positive Survey to notify the COVID Response Center. 


You need to be isolated for a period of at least 5-10 days. Please wait for clearance from the COVID Response Center before returning to work or class.

You may be released from isolation after day 5 only if:

  • You have no symptoms or resolving symptoms AND

  • You have no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication


You should NOT complete a PCR test for COVID-19 for 90 days following the date of your positive, as persistent or intermittent positive PCR tests do not correlate with symptoms or infectiousness. If you develop new symptoms within the next 3 months, COVID antigen testing is recommended instead (two tests, 24 hours apart).