COVID Quarantine, Isolation and Testing Guidelines

Housing and Residence Life has an informative webpage about students living on campus and what the difference is between quarantine and Isolation; please visit this page for more details.

If you have had exposure or contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID, but you are asymptomatic, you must complete a 14 day quarantine starting from the date of your last exposure to the COVID case.  Following the guidelines below will optimize our testing resources: 

If you are in quarantine and have no symptoms, test 5-7 days from the date of last exposure.

If you are in quarantine and develop symptoms, call to arrange testing earlier.

A negative COVID test for someone in quarantine will not release that person from quarantine. 

 For individuals with symptoms of COVID, the following guidelines below will optimize our testing resources:

Mild symptoms (runny nose, nausea, fatigue, body aches, low grade fever)?   Test 3-5 days after symptoms begin. 

Significant symptoms ( cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, high fever)?  Test within 1-2 days after symptoms begin.

It is important that you isolate at the first sign of symptoms whether those symptoms are minor or significant.  This will mean isolating before you are tested or receive results.   To be released from isolation you must meet all three of these criteria:

  1. 10 days have elapsed from the first day of symptoms. 
  2. You must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever lowering medication. 
  3. You must be feeling better. 

 A negative covid test can release you from isolation provided you have at least 24 hours of symptom improvement.