Quarantine Procedures and Close Contact Definitions

Click here for the most current CDC guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine, which NMU is following during the pandemic.

Unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has СOVID-19, excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months, are required to quarantine.  Vaccinated individuals identified as close contacts are only required to quarantine if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

What constitutes close contact?

Close contact is defined as being within six feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more, having direct contact with an infected person (for example, hugging or kissing) for any amount of time, sharing eating or drinking utensils, or being sneezed on, coughed on, or somehow getting respiratory droplets on you from an infected person. The timeline for this contact starts two days before symptom onset of the infected person, or, if they have had NO symptoms - starting two days before their positive test. 

Who does NOT have to quarantine?

Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms. Persons who have tested POSITIVE for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and have recovered, and then have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 do NOT have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. People who develop symptoms again within three months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms. 

Who HAS to quarantine?

If you are unvaccinated and have NOT tested POSITIVE for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you are required to quarantine for 10-14 days from the last date of exposure. The length of time is impacted by the ability to test and the results of the test.

What are the options for where a student or employee can quarantine?

If you are a student living in on-campus dorms, you have the option to quarantine in Spooner Hall or return home to quarantine. Employees may quarantine at home. During that time, you will monitor for symptoms such as fever >= 100.4° F, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, to name a few. 

Next Steps:

If you are not vaccinated and have NOT tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, and your exposure meets the criteria of a close contact as defined earlier, and the exposure was within the applicable timeframe, please contact the NMU Health Center