Isolation, Quarantine and Close Contact Information Updated January 28, 2022

If You Test Positive Through On-Campus Testing

If you receive a positive result from a rapid antigen test at the Student Health Center, or through the Aura app from an on-campus PCR test you should stay home. You will be contacted by the COVID Care Team with instructions, including information about how to identify and notify your close contacts.

  • Your infectious period is considered to be about two days (48 hours) before the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, or before the date/time of the sample collection for your positive COVID-19 test if you have no symptoms.
  • Exposure is contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.
  • Close contacts are someone who was less than six feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.
  • Please notify all of your close contacts of your COVID-19 infection, and refer them to the CDC guidance and/or refer them the summary instructions on this webpage, so they know what to do to detect an infection early and reduce the risk of spreading it to others.
  • Please email COVID19Care@wlu.edu with date(s)/class(es) that you attended during your infectious period where you may have exposed individuals whom you cannot individually identify. A general notice can then be sent to the class regarding possible COVID-19 exposure.

If You Test Positive with a Home or Other Off-Campus Test

Students who receive a positive result from a home test, or any other test not administered on campus, should stay home and email or call the Student Health Center right away and await further instruction.

Employees who receive a positive result from a home test, or any other test not administered on campus, should stay home and record their positive test results in the Daily Attestation application and await further instruction.

  • Your infectious period is considered to be about two days (48 hours) before the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, or before the date/time of the sample collection for your positive COVID-19 test if you have no symptoms.
  • Exposure is contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.
  • Close contacts are someone who was less than six feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.
  • Please notify all of your close contacts of your COVID-19 infection, and refer them to the CDC guidance and/or refer them the summary instructions on this webpage, so they know what to do to detect an infection early and reduce the risk of spreading it to others.
  • Please email COVID19Care@wlu.edu with date(s)/class(es) that you attended during your infectious period where you may have exposed individuals whom you cannot individually identify. A general notice can then be sent to the class regarding possible COVID-19 exposure.

If You Are Identified as a Close Contact

If someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 notifies you that you are a close contact, follow the procedures below.

If you are fully vaccinated AND boosted, then for the next 10 days:

  • Wear a mask whenever you are around other people.
  • Maintain at least a six-foot distance from others whenever possible to limit new close contacts.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms/take your temperature at least once daily.
  • Schedule a Covid-19 PCR Test 5-7 days after exposure via your Aura App. Click here to schedule now.
  • Students who are experiencing symptoms should stay home and call the Student Health Center (540-458-8401) to schedule an antigen test. Employees experiencing symptoms should schedule a test through their healthcare provider.

If you have a current or a recent COVID infection (within 90 days), then for the next 10 days:

  • Wear a mask whenever you are around other people.
  • Maintain at least a six-foot distance from others whenever possible to limit new close contacts.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms/take your temperature at least once daily.
  • Students who are experiencing symptoms should stay home and call the Student Health Center (540-458-8401) to schedule an antigen test. Employees experiencing symptoms should schedule a test through their healthcare provider. You should not get a PCR test unless your healthcare provider orders one for new symptoms to evaluate possible reinfection.

If you are not vaccinated, or vaccinated but not yet boosted, then for the next 10 days:

  • Stay home and quarantine for 5 days from your date of exposure. You should not attend in-person classes, practices, meetings, or any other events or activities away from your residence unless you can maintain strict mask and distance precautions. You may end quarantine after 5 days if you remain asymptomatic.
  • Wear a mask whenever you are around other people for 10 days.
  • Maintain at least a six-ft distance from others whenever possible to limit new close contacts.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms/take your temperature at least once daily.
  • Schedule a Covid-19 PCR Test 5-7 days after exposure via your Aura App. Click here to schedule now.
  • Students who are experiencing symptoms should stay home and call the Student Health Center (540-458-8401) to schedule an antigen test. Employees experiencing symptoms should schedule a test through their healthcare provider.