Coronavirus Testing, Exposure, and Symptoms Protocols

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should follow the University COVID-19 Testing/Exposure/Symptoms protocols.

COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms attributed to COVID-19 currently include but are not limited to one or more of the following:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fever
  • chills
  • muscle pain
  • sore throat
  • a new loss of taste or smell

In addition, other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. See the CDC guidelines for Symptoms of COVID-19.

Individuals Must Contact:

Positive COVID-19 Test or Symptoms

Per the CDC guidelines, these individuals should contact a medical professional if desired or needed and isolate per University guidelines. Individuals cannot return to campus until:

  • At least five days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months and need not delay the end of isolation) or
  • If there were no symptoms, five days from the date of the positive test.

If an employee has severe COVID-19 or immune disease, the University will follow the guidance of a licensed healthcare provider regarding return to work.

The University will notify individuals who may have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case.

Exposure/Close Contact

Individuals exposed to or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine per University guidelines.

Individuals are NOT required to quarantine if they:

  • Have had COVID-19 within the past three months, or
  • Are fully up-to-date on vaccinations, and
  • Show NO symptoms

Per the CDC, you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have followed the current recommendations, which will be different depending on age, health status, and when you first got vaccinated. Individuals should refer to CDC's guidelines on Up-to-Date Vaccines when determining if they are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Individuals are REQUIRED to quarantine if they are not up-to-date on vaccinations even without symptoms and cannot return to campus until:

  • At least five days have passed since exposed to COVID-19

CDC encourages individuals to test for COVID-19 after five days of being in close contact with the virus. After ending quarantine, individuals should continue to:

  • Watch for symptoms for 10 days after exposure,
  • If you have symptoms, follow protocols for COVID-19 symptoms and immediately self-isolate,
  • Wear a well-fitted mask, and
  • Follow CDC guidelines for Quarantine and Isolation.