University of Houston-Victoria


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:

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.