Potential Exposure to Coronavirus
Community exposure that could necessitate self-quarantine includes the following, even for those who previously had COVID-19 and those who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the COVID-19 virus:
- You have had “close contact” with a person who is lab confirmed or suspected* to have COVID-19, and with respect to that person:
- You were within 6 feet of the infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period.
- You provided the person care at home.
- You had direct physical contact (touched, hugged or kissed the person).
- You shared eating or drinking utensils.
- They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
- You have returned from international travel and have NOT been fully vaccinated.
*“Suspected” means diagnosed by a health care provider and/or exhibiting multiple symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but not yet tested or in receipt of test results.
If you have had potential exposure to COVID-19, you should:
- Complete the Potential COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Form.
- Employees should contact their supervisor.
- If advised to self-quarantine, follow the Self-Quarantine/Isolation protocols and do not return to campus until written approval is received. See Self-Quarantine Completion.
Note: None of the above actions are necessary if you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and the following apply:
- You are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥ two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or ≥ two weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine), AND
- You have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure, including exposure to the delta variant.
However, in such an event, CDC guidance recommends that you:
- Get tested three to five days after your exposure (even if you do not have symptoms), and
- Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.
If your test result is positive, you must follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and not return to campus until you complete the self-isolation period detailed in Completion of Self-Quarantine or Isolation.