The University requires that community members who test positive for COVID-19 self-isolate for a period of five (5) days. The five-day period applies regardless of previous infection, vaccination or booster status, and the presence or absence of symptoms.
- To calculate your 5-day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms OR your asymptomatic positive test date (whichever is earlier).
- Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or positive test result.
- On day 5 you can take a rapid antigen test and if the result is negative and you have no symptoms or improving symptoms, you are released from isolation.
- If the day-5 test is positive, you must continue to isolate until you have a negative result on a rapid test AND have no or improving symptoms OR reach day 10 (whichever is sooner).
- If you are able to end isolation on day 5, it is important to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days, even at home.