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COVID-19 Exposure

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Definition of "exposure": COVID-19 exposure that could necessitate self-quarantine includes the following activities with a person who is lab-confirmed or suspected* to have COVID-19:

  • You had close contact,
  • 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,
  • And you are not 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 are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, and have had potential exposure to COVID-19, you should:

If you are fully vaccinated (i.e., > 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or > 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single dose vaccine), and you have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure, you are not required to quarantine and should continue to report for in-person work/class activities.

  • However, in such an event, CDC guidance recommends that you:
  • Get tested 3-5 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 you test and have a negative result. 
    NOTE: If your test result is positive, you must follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 Diagnosis.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and you have had symptoms since the exposure, please follow these guidelines​.

On-campus COVID Exposure for Staff and Faculty

If you are on campus and learn that you were exposed to another person on campus who is COVID positive:​

  • All persons in the office/classroom who are unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, should immediately go home.They should notify their supervisors and​ should quarantine.
  • All persons who are fully vaccinated can return to their offices when instructed.
  • All unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people in the affected area must submit the COVID-19 Reporting Potential Exposure Form as soon as possible, including faculty and supervisors where applicable.
  • If able, supervisors or faculty who are informed of an exposure should close/lock the affected classroom/office and report the situation to and/or submit a request for cleaning form​.
  • Monitor yourself for COVID-19 Symptoms & Positive Diagnosis.

Last updated 1/5/2022 6:06 AM