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Close Contact, Quarantine and Isolation

Important Definitions

  • Close Contact/COVID-19 Exposure: Some examples of close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 include being within six feet of them for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (e.g. having lunch or being part of a gathering with them); living with them; providing care for them; or having exposure to respiratory secretions (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass or utensils, kissing) from them. 
  • Quarantine is the separation from others if:
    • you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and/or
    • you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and/or
    • you are awaiting a COVID-19 test result
  • Isolation is the separation from others of an individual who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection

Make A Plan for a Positive COVID-19 Test

  • VDH Isolation + Quarantine CalculatorEnter your day of exposure or positive test result and calculate your isolation or quarantine timeframes!
  • Have a friend pick up/order food for you! They can go to UVA Dining for a to-go meal if you provide them with your ID and a note that permits them to pick up a meal for you.

Exposure & Isolation Guidance

HAVE BEEN BOOSTED OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer/Moderna
within the last 5 months or J&J vaccine
within the last 2 months. OR
HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 
IN THE PAST 90 DAYS
NOT BOOSTED OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer/Moderna
more than 5 months ago or
J&J vaccine more than 2 months ago. OR
UNVACCINATED

Have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Do not attend class, work, or social gatherings.
  • Separate yourself from others as much as possible,
    wear your mask, and wash hands frequently.
  • Schedule a COVID-19 testing appointment at
    Student Health and Wellness online or call (434) 924-5362.
  • Follow the instructions of the local health department if
    they have been in contact with you.
  • If possible, have a friend pick up/order food for you. 
    They can go to UVA Dining for a to-go meal
    if you provide them with your ID and a note that permits
    them to pick up a meal for you.
  • Review this CDC webpage for helpful guidance.

Have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Do not attend class, work, or social gatherings.
  • Separate yourself from others as much as possible,
    wear your mask, and wash hands frequently.
  • Schedule a COVID-19 testing appointment at
    Student Health and Wellness online or call (434) 924-5362.
  • Follow the instructions of the local health department if
    they have been in contact with you.
  • If possible, have a friend pick up/order food for you. 
    They can go to UVA Dining for a to-go meal
    if you provide them with your ID and a note that permits
    them to pick up a meal for you.
  • Review this CDC webpage for helpful guidance.

Have no symptoms but was in
close contact with someone with COVID-19:

  • You do not need to quarantine. You do need to wear
    a well-fitting mask
    for a full 10 days after exposure. You
    can attend class.
  • Get tested on day 5 after your exposure. Schedule a
    COVID-19 testing appointment at Student Health and
    Wellness online or call (434) 924-5362.
  • NOTE: If you have tested positive in the past 90 days, 
    you do not need to test on day 5 post-exposure.
  • Follow the instructions of the local health department if they
    have been in contact with you.

Have no symptoms but was in
close contact with someone with COVID-19:

  • You need to quarantine for 5 days (e.g., do not attend
    class, work, or social gatherings) per CDC guidelines.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for a full 10 days after exposure.
    Get tested on day 5 after your exposure. Schedule a 
    COVID-19 testing appointment at Student Health and
    Wellness online or call (434) 924-5362.
  • Follow the instructions of the local health department 
    if they have been in contact with you.

Have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Isolate for at least 5 days unless symptoms or 
    your fever persists. Wear a mask around others
    (including those in your household) for a full 
    five days after your isolation period. 
  • If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test
    and wear a mask around others (including those in your
    household) for a full 5 days after your isolation period.
  • If you test positive with a provider other than Student
    Health and Wellness,
    please upload a photo or record
    of your positive test result to the HealthyHoos patient portal.
    Click “Upload” and select
    “COVID-19 Mandatory Test Results (uploaded/received).”

Have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Isolate for at least 5 days unless symptoms or
    your fever persists. Wear a mask around others
    (including those in your household) for a full 
    five days after your isolation period. 
  • If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test
    and wear a mask around others (including those in your
    household) for a full 5 days after your isolation period.
  • If you are required by UVA to prevalence test weekly due
    to vaccination status, you are exempt from prevalence testing
    for 150 days.
  • If you test positive with a provider other than Student
    Health and Wellness,
    please upload a photo or record
    of your positive test result to the HealthyHoos patient portal.
    Click “Upload” and select
    “COVID-19 Mandatory Test Results (uploaded/received).”

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