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Can I work on campus if I’ve been exposed?

Key terms used on this page

Moderate-Severe SymptomsOne or more of the following: Fever (> 100 F) OR Persistent cough (dry or wet) OR Wheezing or trouble breathing OR Moderate muscle aches OR Physician diagnosis of likely COVID.

Mild SymptomsSudden change in smell or taste OR Two or more of the following: Feverish or chills, without fever OR Sore throat OR Mild cough OR Chest pain OR Headache OR Mild fatigue and muscle ache OR Nausea or diarrhea.

Minimal Symptoms: Those not meeting the descriptions of moderate-severe or mild symptoms above, or symptoms related to other known medical conditions.

Can I work on campus if I have had household contact with someone who has moderate-severe symptoms (see top of page) OR tests positive?

Household contact includes someone you live with including roommate, significant other, or intimate partner (includes kissing).

NO, you must remain self-isolated until you meet the conditions below:

  • At least 14 days have passed since your household contact’s symptoms have improved
  • OR your household contact tests negative and it has been 7 days since their fever resolved (or their negative test, if no fever ever present).

Can I work on campus if I have had household contact with someone with mild symptoms (see top of page) who has not tested positive?

Household contact includes someone you live with including roommate, significant other, or intimate partner (includes kissing).

NO, you must remain self-isolated until you meet the conditions below:

  • At least 7 days have passed since your household contact’s symptoms have improved
  • OR your household contact tests negative and it has been 7 days since their onset of symptoms.

Can I work on campus if I have had high-risk close contact with someone who tests positive?

Conditions that constitute High-risk close contact include:

  • If you have had direct, frequent contact to an individual while not wearing appropriate protection, such as mask (within 6 feet for >15-30 minutes in a row within 24 hours of when they got sick)
  • If you have had direct exposure to the individual’s secretions without appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), e.g., sharing the same drink

NO, you must remain self-isolated until 14 days after the last exposure.

Can I work on campus if I have had low-risk close contact with someone who tests positive?

Low-risk close contact: someone who does not meet the above categories (household contact, high-risk close contact).

Includes:

  • someone who walked by or were around, but more than 6 feet away
  • someone in the same room for more than 15-30 minutes, but more than 6 feet away

Yes, you can work, as long as you do NOT have symptoms AND you were not a close contact.  

You should self-monitor your symptoms for 14 days, including twice-daily temperature checks.

This guidance is summarized in the following table

Can I work on campus based on exposure?
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