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Positive Tests, Quarantine, and Isolation

Positive Tests, Quarantine, and Isolation

Process for Positive Tests and Close Contacts

If you are a member of the on-campus community who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is determined to be a close contact, students will be contacted by Wellness Services regarding next steps, including moving into isolation (positive test) or quarantine (close contact without a vaccination/booster). Human Resources will contact Faculty and Staff.

Current health guidelines define a close contact as anyone who is within 6 feet of a positive case for at least 15 minutes in one day. While masks can help protect you, this is with or without a mask. The time can be continuous or split up over the course of a day, e.g. 5 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening. Typically, anyone sleeping under the same roof for at least one night is considered a close contact, though this can vary. For the purposes of contact tracing, the guideline for the infectious period starts two days before symptoms developed or the day of positive test.

Isolation/Quarantine Information

Updated February 8, 2022

Quarantine

Quarantine is if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have been boosted OR  
completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 5 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days.
  • Double mask or wear a KN95 or better mask for 10 days whenever you are around others. This includes outdoors and in your dorm with roommates. You do not need to wear a mask while sleeping. (You can get masks from Wellness Services if needed)
  • You can attend in person classes/activities if you do NOT have any symptoms of COVID.
  • You will need to get food and bring it back to your room to eat. NO eating in commons or other public spaces.
  • If you play an instrument that requires you to remove your mask to play, you will need to arrange virtual lessons until the 10 days is complete.
  • If possible, get a covid test 5 days after your last exposure.
  • Wash you hands frequently.
  • Stay away from people who are high risk for getting very ill from COVID-19.
  • Keep surfaces clean.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago, and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days from the day of close contact (day 0).  After five days, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.  
  • If employees can’t quarantine in their household, then they must wear a mask for 10 days. 
  • Test on day 5 if possible.  
  • Be vigilant monitoring your health. If you develop symptoms, employees should stay home and get a test; students should contact Wellness Services or Campus Safety. 

Wellness Services will notify students and provide instructions for people identified as close contacts. Human Resources will notify faculty and staff. 

Faculty and staff should quarantine at home. Students will be moved to quarantine room separate from others as soon as possible. Food and other necessary supplies will be delivered to the student’s room. 

Isolation  

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2 from those who are not infected.  

People who are in isolation should separate until it’s safe for them to be around others. Students who live on campus will be moved to a separate isolation room. For students who live off campus, separate from others, stay in an isolated room or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available). All students with positive test results, regardless of whether they show symptoms, will be required to isolate themselves in a separate space reserved for isolation. Food and other supplies will be delivered to isolation rooms. 

For students, faculty, and staff living off campus who visit campus:

Students, faculty and staff living off campus who visit campus in any capacity will isolate/quarantine at their off-campus residence. Wellness Services or Human Resources will notify you if you have tested positive through campus testing or if you have been identified as a close contact. If you are a close contact or have developed symptoms, do not come to campus for testing. Find more about options for off-campus testing here. Students can contact Wellness Services for medical support. Employees should contact their local healthcare provider.

Expectations for Isolation/Quarantine on campus

Students in isolation or quarantine through campus, will be provided with contacts across campus to help them adjust and ease disruption in routine. Students are also provided with resources on and off campus for after-hours needs.

The following regulations apply to students in the Isolation/Quarantine space; any member of the campus community should follow similar practices applicable to their living situation to limit exposure to others.

  • Stay in your room. Do not have guests over.
  • Do not attend any in-person classes or activities.
  • Meals and other supplies will be delivered to your door.
  • Keep surfaces clean.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • Remove trash from your room and leave outside your door for a custodian to pick up.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you must contact Wellness Services first for instructions.
  • Postpone all nonessential medical appointments unless virtual (for example, dental cleaning, eye exam, routine check-up) until you are out of isolation/quarantine. If you have an essential appointment during this time, please call your provider ahead of time.
  • Double mask if you must leave your room.

How to be cleared from isolation and the days following clearance:

  1. If you have no symptoms, you can clear 5 days after your positive test results (the day you were tested is day 0).
    • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 5-day isolation period should start over. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms.
  2. If you have symptoms, you can clear after:
    • At least 5 days from when symptoms started, AND
    • Your symptoms have improved, AND
    • You are afebrile (temperature less than 100.4) for at least 24 hours without using medication to reduce fever.
  3. You must receive a negative rapid test results on day 6 or after. 
    • You will be provided a rapid test in your self-care kit. Call Campus Safety if you did not receive this.
    • If your rapid test is negative on day 6, you can clear from isolation.
    • If you rapid test is positive on day 6, you must continue isolation and test again on the following day until receiving a negative test.

Let Wellness Services know if you do not clear on the expected clearance date.

After clearing from isolation (day 6-10 after your positive test date):

  • You will need to double mask, wear a KN95 or better mask around others for 5 additional days.      
  • You will need to get food and bring it back to your room to eat. NO eating in Andrew Commons or other public spaces.
  • If you play an instrument that requires you to remove your mask to play, you will need to arrange virtual lessons until 10 days after your positive test date or day that your symptoms started.
  • You will not be receive a PCR COVID test for 90 days following your positive test date.
  • You can attend in person classes/activities if you clear from isolation and double mask.

More information is available on the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

Clearance from quarantine and the days after:

  • Complete 5 days of quarantine after the day of close contact (day 0).  
  • No symptoms of covid have developed.
    • Test on day 5 if possible. You should receive a rapid test from the hotel front desk when you arrive.
    • Please attend the next surveillance testing at LU after you have returned to campus completing your quarantine. Surveillance testing is on Mondays in the Wellness Center gym from 12-4:45pm.
  • After five days
    • Double mask or wear a KN95 or better mask around others for 5 additional days.   
    • You will need to get food and bring it back to your room to eat. NO eating in commons or other public spaces.
    • If you play an instrument that requires you to remove your mask to play, you will need to arrange virtual lessons until the 11th day after your exposure (date of exposure is day 0).
    • You may attend in person classes/activities if you have no symptoms of covid.
    • Be vigilant monitoring your health. If you develop symptoms, contact Wellness Services.

If you receive a positive test result while in quarantine:

  • Wellness Services staff will contact students and share more details if this happens.
  • If you remain without symptoms, you will be able to clear from isolation 10 days after you were tested.

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