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Loyola Medicine Isolation and Quarantine Protocols

This page provides isolation and quarantine protocol information for Loyola Medicine. All students, faculty, and staff at the Health Sciences Campus must follow Loyola Medicine protocols regardless of whether or not they are working in a hospital building.

I have symptoms of COVID-19. Can I work?

No, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must not work and should contact Employee Health for testing. This is for both vaccinated and unvaccinated colleagues.

I have been exposed to COVID-19 either at home or at work. Can I come to work?

  • Yes, if you are vaccinated AND have no COVID-19 symptoms.
  • No, If you have COVID-19 symptoms OR are not vaccinated. Call 708-216-1170 and leave a message to be tested. If you leave a voicemail for Employee Health, please do not call back and leave multiple messages.

I have been exposed to COVID-19. Do I need to be tested?

  • Yes, call 708-216-1170 and leave a message requesting a test.
  • If you are vaccinated AND have no COVID-19 symptoms, you can continue to come to work while you await testing. You may be recommended to have your test several days after exposure.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms OR are not vaccinated, you can NOT come to work until you get tested. 

I was not wearing an N95 and no eye PPE and came in close contact with a COVID-19 patient(s). Was I exposed?

Yes, that is an exposure. Please contact Employee Health at 708-216-1170. Review the above questions to see if you can continue to come to work or not. 

I was wearing an N95 and eye PPE and came in close contact with a COVID-19 patient(s). Was I exposed?

No, that is not an exposure. You can continue to work and do NOT need testing. 

I traveled. Do I need to test for COVID-19 before coming to work?

No, Employee Health does not require nor offer pre- or post- travel testing. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, including those related to travel, you should NOT come to work and should contact Employee Health for testing.

Can I get a screening or a personal test for COVID-19 from Employee Health?

No, testing with Employee Health is only for symptoms or exposures related to COVID-19.

I tested positive for COVID-19 at home or somewhere else. Can I work?

No, if you tested positive for COVID-19 at home or at any COVID-19 testing center with any type of COVID-19 test, you can NOT come to work. Call Employee Health and to give us your test information and to get instructions on when you can return to work. 

How long do I need to isolate if I test positive?

Vaccinated students must remain off for 7 days post onset of symptoms or positive test, returning day 8 for immunocompetent individuals.

Unvaccinated students must remain off for 10 days post onset of symptoms or positive test, returning day 11 for immunocompetent individuals.

I tested negative at home or somewhere else. Can I come to work?

  • If the test was a PCR test and you provide a copy of the test to Employee Health, then YES.
  • If it was a rapid test done for symptoms, then NO – not until you re-test with PCR.

My symptoms are the same as my allergy symptoms, should I be tested for COVID-19?

No, unless your symptoms are different, unexpected, or severe you do NOT need a COVID-19 test and can continue to come to work.

I have/had a fever but I am COVID-19 negative. Can I work?

No, you cannot come to work unless you have been fever-free for 24 hours. Once you have a negative COVID-19 PCR test and have no fever for 24 hours, then you can return to work. 

Can I bring my family members or friends with me to Employee Health for COVID-19 testing?

No, Employee Health only provides services for Loyola Medicine employees.

Should I wear an N95 mask?

The positivity rate for COVID-19 continues to rise in our communities and within our hospitals and clinics. Out of an abundance of caution, we encourage all colleagues in the clinical setting to consider the use of N95 masks in the work setting. If you are working closely with patients with a respiratory illness, use a surgical mask over the N95 mask to minimize the risk of contaminating the N95 mask. Consistent with our practice throughout the pandemic, these masks should be re-used unless they no longer provide a good seal.

This page provides isolation and quarantine protocol information for Loyola Medicine. All students, faculty, and staff at the Health Sciences Campus must follow Loyola Medicine protocols regardless of whether or not they are working in a hospital building.