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Loyola University Chicago Health, Safety, and Well-Being Update
Resources, Policies, and Procedures for the Loyola Community
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Exposure Protocol

This page contains the protocols necessary if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please visit our Positive Diagnosis Protocol web page instead.

Students, faculty, and staff learning, training, or working in and around clinical healthcare settings should follow the guidelines of that particular healthcare organization. All students, faculty, and staff at the Health Sciences Campus must follow Loyola Medicine protocols regardless of if they are working in a hospital building. See the Loyola Medicine Isolation and Quarantine Protocols page to learn more.

Quarantining After Exposure

Depending on your COVID-19 vaccination status, students, faculty, or staff may be required to quarantine following exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is a strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.

What is exposure?

If you were informed that you were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you were exposed. Close contacts are defined as someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This could include, for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

Do I need to quarantine?

 If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you DO need to quarantine if:

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you DO NOT need to quarantine if:

  • You have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test).

How do I quarantine?

Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible. For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.

Testing After Exposure

If you were exposed and develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow Loyola's Positive Diagnosis Protocol. If you were exposed and do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you test negative, you can leave your home, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, you should isolate for at least 5 days from the date of your positive test (if you do not have symptoms). If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days from the date your symptoms began (the date the symptoms started is day 0). Follow isolation recommendations.

If you are unable to get a test 5 days after last close contact with someone with COVID-19, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have been without COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after your date of last close contact when around others at home and in public.

Quarantining After Exposure

Depending on your COVID-19 vaccination status, students, faculty, or staff may be required to quarantine following exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is a strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.