Isolation & Quarantine

Isolation & Quarantine

Updated April 27, 2022: Where to isolate and quarantine, and positive case protocol sections updated

UNCSA follows the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state guidelines, and UNC System guidance in developing our health and safety protocols for the campus. We are constantly monitoring guidance from these as well as local health officials and will adjust health and safety protocols as needed.

In addition to our Community Health Standards, UNCSA has enacted the following protocols to keep members of our campus community safe. Contact tracing is conducted by UNCSA and the Forsyth County Health Department.

Isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Calculating Isolation: Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Stay home for 5 days

  • Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.
  • Do not travel
 

Ending isolation

If you had symptoms:
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.

If you did NOT have symptoms:
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19:
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

 

Take precautions until day 10

  • Wear a mask 
    Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
  • Do not travel
  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk

 

Quarantine 

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

Calculating Quarantine: The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

If you are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you  last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10:

  • Wear a mask 
    Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
  • Take precautions if traveling
  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk

If you had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10:

  • Wear a mask 
    Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
  • Take precautions if traveling
  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk

If you are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

Quarantine for at least 5 days

Stay home

  • Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Do not travel

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

After quarantine

  • Watch for symptoms,
    Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Avoid travel
  • If you develop symptoms
    Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10:

  • Wear a mask 
    Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
  • If you must travel during days 6-10, take precautions.
  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Where to isolate or quarantine

Residential students

If a student has been instructed to quarantine or isolate due to exposure or a positive test result they will be asked to do so at a permanent residence. If a student cannot quarantine at a permanent residence, they will be permitted to quarantine in place in their on-campus housing assignment. 

Students who are quarantining in place will be responsible for their own meals. Students will be required to wear a mask when leaving their rooms to get meals and must wear a mask anytime outside of their space. Students will only be permitted to leave their space to get meals, attend medical appointments,  use hall bathroom or evacuate int the event of an emergency.

Parents are encouraged and permitted to take their students home during the quarantine and/or isolation period.

Non-residential students

Quarantine or isolate at your residence.

Faculty & Staff

Quarantine or isolate at your residence.

Positive Case Protocol 

Positive results are reported to UNCSA and the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.

Contact tracing is initiated for close contacts and known exposures. As determined by county health officials, students, staff and faculty who have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, are quarantined base on vaccination status or if you have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days

If you are a residential student:

Students who test positive are immediately isolated and will be asked to do so at permanent residence. If a student cannot isolate at a permanent residence they should isolate in place in their on-campus housing assignment. On campus temporary isolation will be available until capacity is reached for students who cannot isolate at a permanent residence or housing assignment. Meals from the Dining Hall will be provided to students isolating on campus once daily.

A case manager contacts you with the location and access information for your isolation/quarantine space, if a space is available. While remaining masked, you are permitted to gather your belongings to take to your new space. Isolation/quarantine spaces are equipped with a refrigerator and microwave, access to a private bathroom, bedding and towels, and trash pickup. 

Students may continue classes online, if they are able.

Counseling services are available for all students, including those in quarantine. Arts and academic departments will work with students on their absence due to illness.

If you are a commuter/non-residential student:

Students who test positive are to isolated immediately at your residence.

Student Affairs contacts non-residential/commuter students for daily check-ins and to assist with needs that might arise.

Counseling services are available for all students, including those in quarantine. Arts and academic departments will work with students on their absence due to illness.

If you are a faculty or staff member:

Faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 must leave campus and isolate at home.

You must notify your supervisor.

Your will be allowed to return to campus when you have verification from a medical provider that you have recovered.

Managers and employees will follow the COVID-19 Response Plan for Employees.

Wellness

The mental health and well-being of our students is a top priority. We continue to support students with counseling, mindfulness sessions, physical exercise, yoga and other activities designed to promote overall wellness, while reinforcing our campus community academically, artistically and emotionally.

Faculty and staff who need assistance with mental or emotional health issues may use the UNCSA Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is an employer-sponsored benefit program that offers support and resources to address personal or work-related challenges and concerns. It is free for employees and members of your household and is completely confidential.