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Potential Exposure to Coronavirus

Community exposure that could necessitate self-quarantine include the following, even for those who previously had COVID-19 and those who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the COVID-19 virus:

  • You have had “close contact” with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, and with respect to that person:
    • You were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period
    • You provided them care at home
    • You had direct physical contact (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
  • You have returned from international travel and have NOT been fully vaccinated

If you have had potential exposure to COVID-19, you should:

For information regarding staff temporary remote work guidelines due to a solely COVID-19 related reason, visit the UH Human Resources website

Note: None of the above actions are necessary if you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and the following apply:

  • You are fully vaccinated (i.e., > 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or > 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single dose vaccine) AND
  • You have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

However, in such an event, CDC guidance recommends that you:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after your exposure (even if you do not have symptoms) and
  • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.

If your test result is positive, you must follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 Diagnosis.

Returning to Campus

See Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation for when the self-quarantine/isolation will end and what is required before the UH community member is allowed to return to work/class/activities on campus.

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