What To Do If You Test Positive

Updated October 26, 2023


If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Isolate
    • Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.
    • CDC Isolation and Exposure Calculator 
    • Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.
    • If you were severely ill with COVID-19, you should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.
  • Ending isolation
    • Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.
    • You may end your isolation and return to campus on day 6 if:
      1. you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
      2. and your symptoms are improving.
  • Continue to take precautions until day 10
    • While on campus, wear the most protective mask you can obtain, one that fits well and that you will wear consistently the entire time you are on campus for 10 full days.
    • You must isolate yourself while eating, drinking or participating any other activity that would require you to temporarily remove your mask through day 10.

Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days around others inside your home or in public and do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

Find the latest quarantine and isolation guidance from the CDC here.