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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 is lab confirmed or suspected* to have 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

*“suspected” means diagnosed by a health care provider and/or exhibiting multiple symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but not yet tested or in receipt of test results

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

  • Complete the form Reporting Potential COVID-19 Exposure
  • Employees should contact their supervisor
  • If advised to Self-Quarantine follow the Self-Quarantine/Isolation protocols and do not return to campus until written approval is received. See Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation.
  • 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

If you have returned from international travel, you should:

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