COVID-19 Exposure Protocol
CDC Update: The CDC recently updated their quarantine guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals.
If you are fully vaccinated and have been exposed, please follow updated CDC guidance which removes the need to self-quarantine and recommends:
- Testing 3-5 days after exposure.
- Wearing a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until a negative test result is received.
If you are not fully vaccinated, please follow the guidelines provided below.
WHAT IS EXPOSURE / CLOSE CONTACT?
Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
If you are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you must self-quarantine. Detailed instructions for self-quarantining following exposure are provided below.
WHAT IS SELF-QUARANTINE?
When you are exposed to an illness, there is time between your exposure and when you may start to feel sick. During this time, you may still spread germs and be able to pass the illness to others. Self-quarantine means avoiding situations where you could infect other people.
If you begin to experience symptoms, contact your healthcare provider or call Campus Health at 520-621-9202. If you test positive following your exposure, please refer to the Positive Case Protocol for Students and/or the Positive Case Protocol for Employees.
DURATION OF SELF-QUARANTINE
If you are not fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for 14 days following your exposure.
You may be able to shorten your quarantine with one of these two options:
If you have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms after 7 days AND you have tested negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later of quarantine, you may discontinue self-quarantine.
If you have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms after 10 days (without taking a COVID-19 test), you may discontinue self-quarantine.
I AM NOT FULLY VACCINATED. HOW DO I SELF-QUARANTINE?
Stay at Home
- Stay home, except for getting medical care
- Do not go to work, school, events, parties, stores, or any public areas
- Do not use rideshares, taxis, or public transportation until you're released from self-isolation
- Ask friends or family to drop off groceries and supplies, or use a delivery service
- Ask a friend or family member to run errands for you
Separate Yourself from Others in Your Home
- Avoid situations where you have close contact with other people living in your home
- Stay on your own in a well-ventilated room (windows opened regularly) with the door closed
- Use a separate bathroom/toilet, if available and clean bathroom/toilet after every use
- Do not share utensils, towels, bedding or other items
- Wash utensils/dishes thoroughly after use (dishwasher ok to use)
No Visitors Allowed
- Do not invite visitors, friends, or family to your home
- Do not make contact with people at the front door – deliveries should be left at the door and the delivery person should leave before you open the door
Wash Your Hands Often
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (preferred method)
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands
- Wash your hands after sneezing/coughing; before and after preparing food; before eating; after toileting; and when your hands are visibly dirty
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS
Pima County Health Department
On-demand, text-based primary healthcare (online 24/7 for all University of Arizona students over age 18)
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I DO?
Practice Common Prevention Measures
- See preventative measures on the COVID-19 Symptoms and Prevention page.
Monitor for Symptoms
- Watch for any of the symptoms listed by the CDC.
Wear a Face Covering
- Remember to wear a face covering when you are around other people or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.