Before a person reporting an illness can be allowed to return back to campus after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or being potentially exposed to someone who has been infected, the following is the isolation criteria based on current CDC guidance:
- For persons recovered from COVID-19 illness, isolation must be maintained for at least 10 days after illness onset and at least 3 days (72 hours) after recovery. Illness onset is defined as the date symptoms began. Recovery is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications with progressive improvement or resolution of other symptoms.
- If the person had symptoms but has NOT been tested to determine if they are still contagious, the individual should remain at home until: 72 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication; AND other symptoms have improved; AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If the person had NO symptoms but tested positive for COVID-19, and have NOT been tested to determine if they are still contagious, the individual should remain at home until: At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive test; AND they continue to have no symptoms since the test.
- Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.