Isolation/Quarantine Period Guidelines

Follow these guidelines to keep yourself and our community safe.


There are four categories of vaccine status.

  • Not Vaccinated: You have not received any COVID vaccine.
  • Partially Vaccinated: You have received vaccine but it has not been two weeks since your last dose or you have not completed both doses.
    • You have received one J&J less than two weeks ago.
    • You have received the first does of Pfizer or Moderna but not the second.
    • You have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna less than two weeks ago.
  • Fully Vaccinated: You have completed all doses of vaccine and a sufficient amount of time has passed since your last dose.
    • You have received one J&J shot more than two weeks ago.
    • You have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna more than two weeks ago.
  • Boosted: You have completed your initial vaccine does or series and a subsequent dose to boost your immunity in the months after your initial dose(s).
    • You received a Pfizer or Moderna shot two months after your initial J&J shot.
    • You received a Pfizer or Moderna shot six months after your initial Pfizer or Moderna series (both shots).

If you receive J&J, Pfizer, or Moderna for your initial dose, you can choose to receive Pfizer or Moderna for your booster shot, which does not have to be the same as your initial dose. You can schedule a booster shot at Mason.


 

If You're Showing Symptoms of COVID

Your Test is Negative

See a health care provider for guidance, as your symptoms might be the sign of a different illness. Follow restrictions for the condition with which you've been diagnosed. 

You can return to campus at the direction of your doctor.

Your Test is Positive

You must isolate (stay home) for five days after positive test. If you do not develop symptoms, you can end isolation after five days but continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

If you develop symptoms, you must isolate for five days from symptom onset. If your symptoms have improved after five days and it has been 24 hours since your fever has subsided without the use of fever-reducing medication, you can end isolation but you must wear a mask for five days after isolation whenever you are around others. 

You Haven't Been Tested

Health officials strongly recommend testing when symptoms appear.

If you develop symptoms, you must isolate for five days from symptom onset, regardless of test results.

If your symptoms have improved after five days and it has been 24 hours since your fever has subsided without the use of fever-reducing medication, you can end isolation but you must wear a mask five days after isolation whenever you are around others 


 

If You've Been Tested (PCR or Antigen) for Surveillance or Travel

Your Test Is Negative

You can come to campus if you have no symptoms and have had no close contact with a positive case. 

Your Test is Positive

You must isolate (stay home) for five days after positive test. If you do not develop symptoms, you can end isolation after five days but must wear a mask around others for five additional days after isolation.

If you develop symptoms, you must isolate for five days from symptom onset. If your symptoms have improved after five days and it has been 24 hours since your fever has subsided without the use of fever-reducing medication, you can end isolation but you must wear a mask for five days after isolation whenever you are around others 


 

If You've Been in Close Contact with Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID

You're Fully Vaccinated and Boosted

  • No quarantine is necessary if you have no symptoms.  
  • Testing is recommended five days after exposure.
  • Wear a mask indoors and in public for 10 days following exposure or until you receive a negative test result.  

You're Not Fully Vaccinated or Not Boosted

  • You must quarantine  for five days from the date of exposure.
  • Testing is recommended five days after exposure if you have not tested positive within the past three months.
  • Wear a mask indoors and around others for five days after you’re your five-day isolation period ends.
  • If no symptoms have developed, you can return to campus. 

 

If You Live with Someone with COVID

If You're Fully Vaccinated and Boosted

A test is recommended five days after your first exposure to the infectious household member and again five days after your last exposure to the household member during their infectious period if you haven't tested positive within the past three months.

If tested, follow guidance for negative or positive results above.  Wear a mask in the home while in contact with the household member during their isolation period and in public for 10 days following last exposure to them or following the end of their 10 days of infection.

If You're Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated

You should stay home and quarantine from the sick household member(s) and others for five days after the last sick or diagnosed member of your household ends isolation. 

Get tested immediately after exposure and five days after exposure, and follow guidance for negative or positive results above.

If household members cannot effectively quarantine and avoid close contact, a five-day quarantine period begins from the last date of close contact (for example, within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes).

Members of the same residence or frequent close contacts might be required to quarantine for up to 15 days: 10 days during the sick individual's isolation and five days from last exposure.  

If the household contacts are able to distance and adhere to strict mask use, then you may start your five-day quarantine period followed by five additional days of strict mask use around others after the last day of exposure to them.  

Wear a mask when in contact with other people in the home until isolation and quarantine ends.