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.

For more information on quarantine, isolation and testing click here https://health-services.d.umn.edu/covid-19

Following the guidelines below will optimize our testing resources: 

If you live in campus housing a 7 day quarantine is not an option.

For students living in campus housing who are not fully vaccinated you must quarantine away from others for a minimum of 10 days after the last day of contact with the known case of Covid-19. In order to end the 10 day quarantine, a Covid-19 test should be done immediately after the last date of contact and again 5 days after the date of last contact.  Test results must be negative.  You must also remain asymptomatic for the entire duration of the quarantine. If symptoms develop test immediately. 

You can also do a 14 day quarantine.  Testing can be done in a similar fashion to a 10 day quarantine, but is not required.  Again, you must remain asymptomatic during the entire quarantine period. 

If you live off campus a 7 day quarantine may be an option, please speak with one of our Health Services providers to see if you are eligible for this.

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 sooner than 10 days from the date of their last exposure.  

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 may 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 and you have tested at the appropriate time.