Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines

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Quarantine

If you were exposed
Quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Isolate

If you are sick or test positive
Isolate when you are sick or when you have COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.

When to Stay Home

Calculating Quarantine
The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19 and have not received a booster dose of COVID vaccine and it has been more than 5 months since your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or more than 2 months since your Janssen (J&J) vaccine. You are not considered up-to-date on your COVID vaccinations.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home. until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Take precautions until day 10. Call the Health Center ASAP (610)861-5365 or email healthcenter@northampton.edu. Quarantine for at least 5 days.

Stay home
Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home. Do not travel.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

After quarantine
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Avoid travel
It is best to avoid travel until a full 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others. Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask. If you must travel during days 6-10, take precautions. Avoid being around people who are at high risk

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and have not received a booster dose of COVID vaccine or it has been less than 5 months since your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or less than 2 months since your Janssen (J&J) vaccine. You are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Call the Health Center ASAP (610)861-5365 or email healthcenter@northampton.edu.

No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.Take precautions until day 10.

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask. Take precautions if traveling. Avoid being around people who are at high risk.

IF YOU
were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 since December 15, 2021 (you tested positive using a viral test) call the Health Center ASAP (610)861-5365 or email healthcenter@northampton.edu.

No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others. Take precautions until day 10.

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask. Take precautions if traveling. Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Calculating Isolation
Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status call the Health Center ASAP (610)861-5365 or email healthcenter@northampton.edu.

Stay home for at least 5 days
Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home. Do not travel.

Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving AND you have tested negative on day 5 or after.

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test AND you have tested negative on day 5 or after.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19 or are immunocompromised you should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation. Take precautions until day 10.

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask. Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms. Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Definitions

Exposure
Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

Close Contact
A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes. People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 after they completed at least 5 days of isolation are not considered close contacts.