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Positive Tests, Isolation, and Close Contacts

Positive Tests, Isolation, and Close Contacts

Process for Positive Tests and Close Contacts

If you are a member of the on-campus community who has tested positive for COVID-19, students should contact Wellness Services regarding next steps, including moving into isolation (positive test). Faculty and Staff should contact Human Resources. Students, Faculty, and Staff will be asked to notify anyone they have been in close contact with of the exposure.

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. The guideline for the infectious period starts two days before symptoms developed or the day of positive test.


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. 

Expectations for Isolation on campus

Students in isolation 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 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 will be provided.
  • 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.
  • Wear 4-ply or better 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 on day 6 after completing a full 5 days if isolation (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:
    • On Day 6, 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.

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

  • You will need to wear a 4-ply mask 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 wear a 4-ply or better mask.

More information is available on the CDC website:

Close Contact Information

Updated September 1, 2022

What to Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19

Lawrence is following Center for Disease Controls guidance and will no longer require close contacts to quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19,

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19:

  • 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.
  • Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask, including travel and public transportation settings.
  • Get tested on day 6. Test even if you don’t develop symptoms.
  • Wash you hands frequently.
  • Stay away from people who are high risk for getting very ill from COVID-19.
  • Keep surfaces clean.

Guidance for using an at-home COVID-19 antigen (rapid) test if you are experiencing symptoms or have had an exposure:

  • Rapid tests are available through Wellness Services 920-832-6574 or Campus Safety 920-832-6999.
  • If you receive a positive result initially or after a repeat test, this means the test detected the SARS-CoV-2 virus and you most likely have COVID-19.
    • Contact Wellness Services 920-832-6574 for instructions on Isolation.
    • Stay in your room, do NOT attend in person classes/activities.
    • Double mask or wear a KN95 mask or better if you must leave your room or have a roommate.
  • If you receive a negative result, the test did not detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the time of that test.
    • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, test again 48 hours after the first negative test, for a total of at least two tests.
      • If you get a negative result on the second test and you are concerned that you could have COVID-19, you may choose to test again 48 hours after the second test, consider getting a PCR test, or contact Wellness Services.
    • If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, test on day 6 after your exposure, then test again 48 hours after the first negative test.
    • If you get a positive result on any repeat test with an at-home COVID-19 antigen test, you most likely have COVID-19 and should contact Wellness Services or Campus Safety if after hours.

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 at their off-campus residence. Find more about options for off-campus testing here. Students can contact Wellness Services for medical support. Employees should contact their local healthcare provider.


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