Quarantine Protocols

Anyone who has been identified as a close contact is expected to wear a well-fitting mask when within 6 feet of others and students should use grab-and-go dining options through day 10 after the last exposure.

If you are:

  • Up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations or who have had COVID in the previous 90 days:
    • You are not required to quarantine
    • Continue to monitor your symptoms, and wear a mask.
    • You are strongly recommended to self-test on day 5. If you test positive, follow the isolation protocols below.
       
  • Unvaccinated due to medical or religious exemption or have not received all boosters for which you are eligible:
    • You are required to quarantine for 5 days.
    • You are strongly recommended to self-test on day 5. If you test positive, follow the isolation protocols below.
    • Students should notify Student Health Services if they must quarantine; employees should notify HR if they must quarantine

 

Students with high-risk medical conditions or who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and are notified that they are a close contact should contact Student Health Services to discuss the best course of action.

Isolation Protocols

If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, you must isolate, according to Madison County Department of Health (MCDOH) and CDC guidance.

Students

If you tested positive through and an off-campus or at-home test please contact the Student Health Services Office and tell them about your test result. SHS will provide you with detailed isolation instructions and resources.

Notify Faculty

Students must also contact their faculty as soon as possible to discuss how to minimize the impact on learning and academic progress. It is important that students work with their administrative deans and faculty to make-up for missed classes/assignments.

Students who live within 300 miles and who are able to travel (via private vehicle) and safely isolate at home are expected to return home for their isolation period.  All other students will be expected to isolate in place, in their room, should they receive a positive test result.

Limited isolation spaces on campus will now be reserved for students whose roommates have documented pre-existing medical conditions that preclude them from isolating with a roommate who has tested positive.

Isolation in Place

  • Private off-campus housing
    • Students who live in private off campus housing will be responsible for securing and funding their own isolation and quarantine housing, if required.
  • On-campus housing
    • If one’s roommate is up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and does not have preexisting documented medical conditions that preclude it, the roommate will continue to reside in the room.
    • Extra HEPA air purifiers may be deployed to your room for the duration of your isolation upon request and as available. 
  • Students in isolation will order and pick up food to go.
  • If you choose to isolate elsewhere off campus, please be considerate of limiting your possible exposure to potentially vulnerable people. You should not use public transportation, you should not use a hotel, and for isolation, and you need to ensure that you have safe access to food, water, medicine, medical care, and supplies. 

Based on the pattern of illness with current variants isolation is anticipated to be 10 days for all students and employees.

You may leave isolation before day 10 if:

  • your symptoms are improving, and 
    • you have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication, and 
    • you have a negative rapid antigen test on or after day 6.

 

Leaving Isolation

  • Isolating of campus: Those isolating off-campus will also be required to present a negative antigen test to return to campus.
  • Isolating on campus: Students isolating on campus may test on day 6. If that test is negative, the student will be notified at the time of testing that they may return to class. If the antigen test is positive on day six, the student will not be cleared to leave isolation until midnight on day 10.


Individuals exiting isolation prior to day 10 are expected to wear a well-fitting mask when within 6 feet of others through day 10.

Employees

Staff members are required to notify their supervisor and human resources if they test positive for COVID-19. Faculty members should notify their department chair or program director and human resources. Employees who are able to perform their work from home and are asymptomatic or feeling well enough should do so. Employees who are not able to work from home will be paid for their time out while in isolation or awaiting their day-six test.

Employees: Report a Positive Test

Isolation is anticipated to be 10 days for all students and employees.

You may leave isolation before day 10 if:

  • your symptoms are improving, and 
    • you have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication, and 
    • you have a negative rapid antigen test on or after day 6.

 

Individuals exiting isolation prior to day 10 are expected to wear a well-fitting mask when within 6 feet of others through day 10.