What is exposure?
The CDC defines exposure as contact with someone infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus. The following are types of exposure that
may require quarantine:
- You had close contact. Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
- You had direct physical contact (touched, hugged or kissed them).
- You shared eating or drinking utensils.
- They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Who does not need to quarantine?
If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you
need to report exposure
If, based on these guidelines, you do not need to quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19:
Who should quarantine?
If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you
should report exposure
and quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:
- You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccines, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
- You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
- You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
If, based on these guidelines, you should quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19:
- Stay home for at least 5 days.
- Watch for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days.
- If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow CDC isolation recommendations.
- If you have no symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- If you test negative, you can leave your home but continue to wear a mask around others for 10 days after your last close contact.
- If you test positive, isolate for at least 5 days after your positive test. If you develop symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days from the date your symptoms began. Follow CDC isolation recommendations.
- If you're not able to get tested 5 days after close contact, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have been without symptoms throughout the 5-day period. Wear a mask for 10 days after close contact.
- If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
- See additional protocols below under Report Symptoms or Diagnosis that are specific to faculty/staff and students.
- Review the complete CDC guidelines on what to do during quarantine.
After quarantine or isolation
If you have been in quarantine or isolation, you must be approved to return to campus before resuming your normal school, work and related activities.
After your quarantine or isolation is finished,
complete the form
Request to Return to Campus. Emergency Management will review your case. Do not return to campus without written approval from Emergency Management.
Report Symptoms or Diagnosis
Employees (Faculty and Staff)
If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of COVID-19 Symptoms or you have received a positive diagnosis:
- If you are not already on campus, do not come on campus. If at work, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone. Follow the protocols above.
- Submit the COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis Form to report symptoms or a positive test result.
Notify your supervisor as soon as possible; faculty should also message their students via Gatormail and post an announcement in Blackboard if they need to cancel an imminent class.
- At any point, if you undergo a test for COVID-19 and you test positive, re-submit the
COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis Form to report your positive test result.
Cooperate with contact tracers to provide information regarding others with whom you have had
Throughout the process, contact your health care provider for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary, and follow your provider's advice. (If you are a BCBSTX HealthSelect participant, telehealth virtual visits are available to you at no cost.)
In all cases, do not return to campus until you receive written approval after submitting the Request to Return to Campus Form.
- If the employee is at work when you are notified of symptoms or a positive diagnosis in the employee, make sure the employee is immediately sent home.
- If the employee is at home, advise the employee to stay home and follow the quarantine/isolation protocols above; also, find out when the employee was last at work.
- Advise the employee to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis Form to report the symptoms or a positive test result.
- Submit an Emergency Cleaning Request Form to clean/disinfect the area as soon as possible.
- Close off areas used by the infected employee, including common areas, and notify firstname.lastname@example.org that an employee reported symptoms or diagnosis.
- Monitor yourself for COVID-19 Symptoms.
- If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of COVID-19 Symptoms or you have received a positive diagnosis:
Contact your health care provider for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary. You may also consult Student Health Services.Submit the COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis/Symptoms Form to report your symptoms or positive test result, even if you take all-online courses. This form will help you determine next steps.If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors and request temporary academic accommodations through the Office of Disability Services.Contact tracers may call you – please cooperate with them to provide information regarding others with whom you have had close contact.If you reported a positive diagnosis or symptoms, do not return to campus until you receive written approval by submitting the
Request to Return to Campus Form. The Contact Tracing team will also help you with this process.
- If you are not already on campus, do not come on campus.
- If attending classes on campus, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone.
- Follow the guidance above.
If you learn of a student’s positive diagnosis while in the classroom:
- Direct all persons in the classroom to immediately go home. Advise them to follow the directions above regarding exposure. You should also follow these directions, as applicable.
- Advise the positively diagnosed student to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis Form.
- Submit an Emergency Cleaning Request Form to clean/disinfect the area as soon as possible. (Instructions are also posted in all classrooms.)
- If able, close/lock the affected classroom/office. If that room is scheduled for subsequent usage, the Emergency Management Team will work with the Office of the Provost to discuss room options.
- The Emergency Management Team guidance will inform planning by faculty member, department chair and the Office of the Provost on whether longer term changes to the class format are appropriate.
If a student reports diagnosis or symptoms outside of class:
- Advise the positively diagnosed or symptomatic student to follow the directions above. Please encourage the student to apply for temporary accommodations through the Office of Disability Services.
- Do not share this personal information with other members of the class without input from Contact Tracing.
- If Emergency Management determines that changes to your subsequent class meeting structure are warranted, they will inform you so that you, your department chair and the Office of the Provost can work on messaging and plans. Please do not cancel classes beyond an immediate class meeting or move modalities without consultation with your department chair or instructions from Emergency Management or the Office of the Provost.