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I have tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?

Follow the recommendation to isolate for a full 5 days. IF your symptoms are not improving after 5 days of isolation, continue isolation until you are fever free for 24 hours and/or your symptoms are improving. 

If you live with roommates, inform your roommates of your positive diagnosis. Isolate from them as much as possible and wear a well-fitting mask whenever you must be around others. 

What is isolation?

You need to stay home and isolate away from others in your home. 

Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.

For more isolation information and timing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html

When does the 5 days of isolation start?

Your isolation starts the day AFTER you started to feel sick or tested positive. Isolation is for a full 5 days.  

Do I need to wear a mask?

Wear a well-fitting mask whenever you are around others (like roommates). 

After your 5 days of isolation, wear a mask for 5 more days (days 6 through 10) when you leave your home or around others.  

Who should I notify that I have Covid?

Message your professors and let them know that you are ill. Let your professor know how long you will be out of class, remembering your full 5 days of isolation. If you need to extend your isolation you will need to let your professor know. 

Let your roommates know. If possible, isolate away from them as much as possible and wear your mask whenever you are around others. Isolation housing is not provided by the University. If you have a meal plan and are interested in coordinating meals with Aramark, please communicate with your Residence Life staff.  

Tell those (friends/family/coworkers) that you have had close contact with. You can even send someone an anonymous message via https://tellyourcontacts.org/

Have I been exposed to Covid-19?

If you have been close to someone who has Covid-19 for at least 15 minutes within 24 hours, within six feet means you are a close contact and were likely exposed.  

For more information on exposure: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html 

Information on what is an exposure: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/risks-exposure.html 

CDC link for Isolation/Exposure Calculator: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html 


I have been exposed, what should I do next?

Wear a high quality and well-fitting mask for a full 10 days when you are indoors and around others, even at home. 

You do not need to isolate at home if you do not have symptoms.  

Watch for symptoms for 10 full days. If you develop symptoms stay home and test right away, even if you have already tested negative previously. If you test negatively, continue to wear your mask and test again in 2 days.   

If you do not have any symptoms, Test for Covid-19 on day 6 after exposure  

Things to avoid for full 10-14 days after exposure: 

  • People who are immunocompromised or at high risk of severe disease.  
  • Travel, if you must travel wear a high-quality and well-fitting masking and provide good hand hygiene.  
  • Places where you need to remove your mask (gyms, restaurants) 
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