Very Close Contacts Exposure Guidelines

Updated August 15, 2022

Faculty and Staff should follow the same general procedures, but should test at home and alert HR as well as the Health Center. The procedures below, specifically the portion about testing in the Health Center, are for students. Faculty and Staff needing antigen testing kits should check-in with Physical Plant.


If you are deemed a “very close contact” it means you have been in close proximity to a COVID positive person who fits the following description(s) below:

  • A COVID positive roommate
  • A COVID positive person living in the same household
  • A COVID positive significant other
  • A COVID positive person with whom you have spent an extended period of time (this will need to be discussed further with the health center staff to determine appropriate precautions) 

If you have been identified as a “very close contact” you will need to follow the guidelines below.

  • Please come to the health center.
  • The Health Center will calculate the date of exposure, evaluate for symptoms, and provide quarantine surveillance dates.
  • You will self-evaluate for symptoms every morning prior to leaving the dorm.
  • Symptoms include, but are not limited to: fever, chills, nasal congestion, gastrointestinal distress, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste and/or smell, and sore throat.
  • If you have no symptoms, you may attend class and activities.
  • You must test in the Health Center on Day 5. 

Day Students: If your Day 5 is on the weekend, you can test in the Health Center on the next day you are on campus before classes. If you develop symptoms off campus, please stay home and notify the Health Center for further instructions.

  • If you develop symptoms prior to Day 5, come to the Health Center immediately for further evaluation.
  • You will be allowed to attend classes and sports during your surveillance period
  • You will need to mask for a total of 10 days from date of last exposure, (unmask on day 11), continue to physically distance yourself from others, and practice frequent hand washing.