Quarantine Guidelines

Quarantine is for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus through close contact with someone who tested positive. This helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested immediately and stay home while they wait for their results.

All guidelines have been updated to reflect new CDC recommendations released Dec. 27, 2021.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

If you:

  • Have been boosted OR
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine within the last 5 months OR
  • Completed the primary series of the Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR
  • Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

You should:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home.

If you:

  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine more than 5 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • Completed the primary series of the Moderna vaccine more than 6 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • Are unvaccinated

You should:

If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home.

Why You are Asked to Quarantine

People are typically asked to quarantine for one of the following reasons:

  • Someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19. Your household includes those you live with in the same apartment, room or suite.
  • You have had close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
  • You have been asked to quarantine by public health or university officials.
  • You are experiencing COVID-like symptoms and have or plan to get tested for COVID-19. You must quarantine at least until you get your test results back and are cleared by your USU case investigator.

Household Defined

Your household includes those living in your home, room, suite, or apartment.

If you live with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you need to quarantine for at least 5 days.

You are at a much higher risk of getting infected with the virus. Do not end quarantine before 5 days, even if you test negative. It can be very hard to stay isolated from people who have COVID-19 and live in your home. This means you may need to quarantine longer than 5 days if you can’t stay away from the person who was sick. Every time you come into close contact with the person who tested positive while they are infectious, your 5-day quarantine starts over.

Close Contact Defined

The CDC defines close contact as including the following:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

What to Do During Quarantine

While you are in quarantine, you should still maintain your physical and mental well-being.

  • Stay home.
  • Stay in a separate bedroom from others in your household and use a separate bathroom as much as possible, even if everyone in your household is also in quarantine.
  • When you must be around others in your household, wear a face covering, even if you are all quarantining at the same time.
  • You may leave your home to get fresh air, do laundry, seek medical care, or for other essential reasons. ALWAYS wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet from others.
  • If you are waiting on test results, when you receive them, update your COVID-19 Questionnaire.

Who to Contact with Concerns

If you have questions or concerns about your quarantine, please update your COVID-19 Questionnaire to alert the case containment team to contact you.

Monitor Your Health

Watch for COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches or pains, or chills. Seek COVID-19 testing immediately. Testing is offered on the Logan campus to students and employees, as well as health providers across the state.

Where You Should Quarantine

USU encourages you to quarantine or isolate where you live.

Students: If you choose to go to your permanent home, you may put members of that household at risk of infection. Please consider whether individuals in your permanent home are at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications or if you may expose others to the coronavirus during your travel home.

Ending Quarantine

You may end quarantine after 5 days as long as you have no symptoms. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have any questions about when to end quarantine, contact your case investigator or the case containment team.

Submit a COVID-19 Questionnaire

Fill out the questionnaire if you have symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been asked to quarantine by health officials. If you were exposed to a positive case, check the guidelines for quarantine to see if you should submit a questionnaire.