The bottom line on exposure is...
Close Contacts have responsibilities.
Clinical and non-clinical University contact tracers are working with students who test positive to identify close contacts. In all instances, contact tracers will respect and adhere to best practices for patient confidentiality. Even if you're vaccinated, you have responsibilities if you're identified as a close contact.
Isolation and Quarantine Protocols
Given the recent updated guidance from the CDC and in consultation with public health officials, the University has modified its isolation and quarantine protocols as follows. However, please note that the University is currently under a mandatory indoor masking requirement for all faculty, staff, students and visitors, with limited exceptions. For more information about the mask mandate, review the full mask policy.
- Fully vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID will be required to isolate for five days (adjusted from the previous requirement of 10 days). Assuming they are symptom-free, they may return to their normal activities after five days, while masking for an additional five days.
- Unvaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID will be required to isolate for five days and required to test on day 5. Assuming symptoms are resolving and the day 5 test is negative, they may return to their normal activities while masking for the next five days. If the day 5 test is positive, an additional 5 days of isolation is required.
- Fully vaccinated individuals who are deemed close contacts by the University’s contact tracing team do not need to quarantine but will be required to mask and monitor any symptoms for five days and test on day 5. If the day 5 test is positive, individuals will be required to follow the isolation protocol.
- Those not fully vaccinated who are deemed close contacts will be required to quarantine for five days and will need a negative test before returning to normal activities. If the day 5 test is positive, individuals will be required to follow the isolation protocol.
Quarantine is designed to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.
When necessary, the contact tracing team will arrange housing for on-campus students at one of the isolation facilities the University has prepared.
The University’s isolation facilities include bedroom furniture, bed linens, bath towels, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Each unit is also equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, as well as a bathroom with a shower. While televisions are not included, strong WiFi is available. Campus Dining will deliver meals. Laundry is either available in the unit along with laundry detergent or a bundle service is available through St. Michael’s Laundry.
Students living on campus who have been scheduled for a symptomatic test are encouraged to pack and bring a kit which includes toiletries, a thermometer, clothing, course materials, your computer/tablet, mobile phone and accessories (chargers, network cables, earbuds, headphones, etc.).
Off-campus students can utilize their homes for quarantine or isolation.
Contact tracers will maintain contact and provide instructions on additional steps as needed.