Isolation Guidelines

What If I Test Positive for COVID-19?

•    Stay home for 5 days and away from others.  If you live on campus, University Housing will contact you with further directions.
•    End isolation on day 6 or later if you never had symptoms or if you are fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms are resolving.
•    Day 6 through day 10: wear a mask OR use 2 negative antigen tests to decide when to stop wearing a mask.
•    If your symptoms have resolved, a COVID test after leaving isolation is not required to return to classes or to participate in on campus activities unless requested by a medical professional or your employer.
•    If you still have symptoms after 5 days, continue to stay home for day 6 through day 10.  If your symptoms have not resolved or are worsening after 10 days, contact the Student Health Center for further guidance.
•    Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until a full 10 days has passed since your positive test or your first day of symptoms.

How Do I Report My Positive COVID Test Obtained Off Campus?

•    Report your result.  Log into your MyWesternHealth patient portal, click "Messages" on the left, click "New Message", select "I want to Report a COVID Positive Result", upload documentation of your COVID positive test, and enter the date of your test result.
•    If you live on campus, notify your RD.

What Do I Do If I’ve Been Around a Person with COVID-19?

•    Watch for symptoms for 10 days.   If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.
•    Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
•    Test 5 days after exposure (or sooner if you have symptoms).  If you test positive, isolate and see guidance above
•    Take extra precautions for 10 days around people more likely to get very sick.

What Is a Close Contact?

A close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. A person is still considered a close contact even if they were wearing a mask while they were around someone with COVID-19.
If you live in the same house or dorm room and had contact with the positive individual during their infectious period, you are considered a close contact.