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.
If you have been exposed to a positive case and are fully vaccinated (two weeks past your final dose of vaccine) or have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to quarantine unless you are experiencing symptoms. However, you should complete a USU COVID-19 Questionnaire, upload your vaccine record to aggiehealth.usu.edu, get tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result. The CDC provides more information for fully vaccinated people.
If you are notified that you have been exposed to a case on campus, you must respond to case containment staff so they can clear you from the quarantine requirement by verifying your vaccination proof or your positive case within the past 90 days.
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 14 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.
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 10 days.
You are at a much higher risk of getting infected with the virus. Do not end quarantine before 10 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 10 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 10-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, contact the case containment team at email@example.com or your specific case investigator.
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.
USU follows all guidance on quarantine and isolation from the CDC, Utah Department of Health, and local public health officials. Private physicians may provide a treatment plan for their patients that differs from this guidance. However, USU will continue to follow these established practices from the Utah Department of Health:
- On day 10 without testing. If you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, you can end quarantine 10 days after the last time you had close contact with the person who tested positive. If you choose to end quarantine on day 10, you must wear a mask and closely monitor your symptoms for 14 days.
- On day 7 with a negative test result. You must wait at least 7 days after your exposure to be tested. If your test is negative and you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you can end quarantine. If you decide to end quarantine on day 7, you must wear a mask and closely monitor your symptoms for 14 days.
- On day 10 when living with someone who has COVID-19. If someone in your same household has COVID-19, you must quarantine for 10 days after the last time you were around the person who has COVID-19.
Submit a COVID-19 Questionnaire
Fill out the questionnaire if you are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who tested positive, or if you have been asked to quarantine by health officials.