Self-Isolation Guidelines

Self-isolation is for sick individuals or those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to others. If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, everyone in the household should follow guidelines for quarantine.

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

When to Self-Isolate 

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home.

What to Do in Self-Isolation

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

  • If you have symptoms, stay at home for at least 5 days beginning the day after symptoms started. If you do not have symptoms, stay home for 5 days beginning the day after you were tested. 
  • Notify your close contacts. The CDC provides information on how to identify these people and talk to them about their exposure to COVID-19: How to Talk to Your Close Contacts.
  • Stay in a separate bedroom from others in your household and use a separate bathroom as much as possible.
  • When you must be around others in your household, wear a face covering.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces and wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid using the same personal items as other people and do your own dishes, etc.
  • You may leave your home to get fresh air, seek medical care, or for other essential reasons. ALWAYS wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet from others.
  • Use grocery delivery or curbside pickup to avoid exposing others to COVID-19. Students living on-campus may receive meal delivery through Dining Services. Be sure to communicate this need to your USU case investigator.

Household Defined

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

Who to Contact with Concerns

If you have questions or concerns about your quarantine, contact the case containment team at

Signs of an Emergency

Monitor your symptoms, and contact a health provider if you have concerns. Students on the Logan campus should call the USU Student Health Center at 435-797-1660 or make an appointment online.

If you believe you are having a medical emergency, get help immediately. Go to an emergency room or call 9-1-1. Signs of an emergency for COVID-19 could include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Where You Should Self-Isolate

You should quarantine or isolate where you live. Students living in on-campus housing may be moved to separate quarters for isolation in order to avoid exposing other household members.

For 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 Self-Isolation

If you had symptoms:

You can stop home self-isolation when all of the following are true, unless otherwise instructed by your health care professional:

  • At least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
  • It has been at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and
  • Symptoms have improved.

If you meet these requirements, please update your COVID-19 Questionnaire so the case containment team can clear you from self-isolation. Continue wearing a mask around others for another 5 days after ending isolation. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be advised to self-isolate for a full 10 days.

You may also be cleared from isolation if you have received a negative antigen test result and update your COVID-19 Questionnaire with that information. USU does not use antigen tests at its East Stadium site; you can find other testing options at

If you did not have symptoms (asymptomatic):

You can stop self-isolation 5 days after you tested positive if you remain asymptomatic. Continue wearing a mask around others for another 5 days.

Student Support During Isolation

The COVID CARE Team will reach out to you by phone and text to coordinate any academic or personal needs during your quarantine/isolation. This team may assist you with faculty notification emails, class material pick-up and delivery, prescription delivery, referral to mental health services, and will work to assist with other needs you may have. They may also communicate with your professors if you experience symptoms that prevent you from completing course work on time. Learn more about academic accommodations, faculty notifications and other services under "Student Support" on our Case Containment page. Find resources to help with anxiety and other mental health support at

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.