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Exposure

Last Updated: September 1, 2022

On this page, you will find information on what to do if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Important

  • Undergraduate and graduate students should read the guidance found here, and reach out to Vaden Health Center for any additional support.
  • Faculty, staff, and postdocs must notify Stanford via Health Check when they:
    • Experience COVID-like symptoms
    • Are a close contact to someone who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 virus)
    • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results, due to exposure or symptoms
    • Test positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 virus)

Note: This is required when on campus within the previous two weeks or if expected to be on campus.

Exposure

For Students:

 All undergraduate and graduate students should follow the student exposure guidance, found here, and reach out to Vaden Health Center for any additional support.

For faculty, staff, and postdocs: 

Faculty, staff, and postdocs are required to notify Stanford, via Health Check, if exposed to someone who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 virus). This requirement is in place for those who were on campus within the previous two weeks or are expected to be on campus.
The CDC defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an individual who tested positive for COVID, masked or unmasked, during their infectivity period, for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. Faculty, staff, and postdocs should review the categories below to assess the recommended steps to follow post-exposure.

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Household Exposure

A household exposure is when someone you live with (i.e., a roommate, significant other/intimate partner/child) tests positive for COVID. Household exposure may have additional requirements for quarantine and testing.

For faculty, staff, and postdocs: 

Faculty, staff, and postdocs will need to quarantine and must follow any onsite access restrictions from Health Check. Remain off site until meeting ALL of the conditions below:

  1. Receive a negative Color/PCR test at least 5 days after your last infectious contact with the positive individual. (Note: If positive for COVID in the preceding 90 days, DO NOT test using Color/PCR, instead use rapid antigen tests.)
  2. Have no symptoms.

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High Intensity Exposure

High Intensity exposure is unmasked close contact within an enclosed and unventilated space, such as a prolonged car ride. 

For faculty, staff, and postdocs: 

Faculty, staff, and postdocs will need to quarantine and must follow any onsite access restrictions from Health Check. Remain off site until meeting ALL of the conditions below:

  1. Receive a negative Covid test. Day 4 if PCR/Color test OR Day 5 rapid antigen test 
  2. If you develop symptoms, return to work only after obtaining a negative test and following symptom improvement.

Additional Information

COVID Testing

For information about Stanford’s COVID-19 surveillance testing programs, refer to these webpages:

Covid Symptoms

For information on what to do if you are experiencing any symptoms, please review this guidance posted on HealthAlerts.

Testing Positive For Covid

For information on what to do if you test POSITIVE for COVID, please review this guidance posted on HealthAlerts.

Stanford University Medical Support Team (For Faculty, staff, and postdocs)

Please note that both Health Check and the linked pages above should provide the most rapidly accessible guidance on COVID-related inquiries.  

For specific questions on your situation, you can also submit a Health Check Help Ticket or contact the Stanford University Occupational Health Center.

Stanford University Medical Support Team (For Students)

Please review the Vaden Health Center and Student Affairs websites for information on student support during the COVID-19 outbreak.