Isolation/Quarantine

What If I Test Positive for COVID-19?

•    Stay home for 5 days.  If you live on campus, University Housing will contact you with further directions.
•    If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.  Make sure to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
•    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, upload documentation of your COVID positive test, and enter the date of your test result.
•    Notify your RD if you live on campus, and if you receive your result on a weekend or after 5pm.

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

•    If you have COVID-like symptoms, isolate at home until you can get a test.

If you do not have COVID-like symptoms, follow these guidelines:

I Am Boosted
•    Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
•    If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.
 
I Am Not Boosted
•    Stay home for 5 days.
•    After 5 days, you can leave your house.
•    Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10).
•    If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.
 
I Live in University Housing
If you live on campus, please self-isolate and contact University Housing.  University Housing will provide you with further instructions regarding your quarantine requirements.
 
I Live Off Campus
If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, you may or may not need to quarantine based on your vaccination status.
 
Click here to use the CDC's Quarantine and Isolation Calculator to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.
 

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.
 
You are also considered a close contact if you have been notified by Western COVID Support or the local health department that you have had a close contact with a known positive individual.