What To Do If You've Had Close Contact
With Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID

Updated March 16, 2022


IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations or had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

 

  • You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
  • 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 until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Contact the COVID Response team by filling out the KCU COVID Intake Form. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • You will need to quarantine for at least 5 days
  • You will not be able to access the campus during this quarantine period for at least 5 full days.
  • 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 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.

 

CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

Find the latest quarantine and isolation guidance from the CDC here.

Current CDC Guidance  

  • Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 5-7 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive.  
  • Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children <5 years of age) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result.  
  • Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.  

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html