What To Do If You've Had Close Contact
With Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID

Updated Dec. 20, 2021


Close contact is defined as less than six feet, for an accumulation of 15 minutes or more over the period of 24 hours.

If You Are Fully Vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated and have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, and are not exhibiting symptoms, you can continue to access the campus. Please follow the CDC’s protocol of self-monitoring, wearing a mask around others for 14 days from day of contact, and obtaining a PCR test between day 5-7 after your exposure.

If You Are Not Fully Vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated and have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, please begin to quarantine at home, away from others. The COVID Response team will follow up with you with information about the quarantine, testing and your return to campus.


Current CDC Guidance  

  • Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 5-7 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive.  
  • Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children <5 years of age) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result.  
  • Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.  

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html