Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

January 13, 2022 - 4:29pm

Should someone be a direct contact of a known positive, they may be asked to not come to campus under certain conditions and to quarantine or isolate themselves in their home or campus residence for 5 days. Humboldt County has adopted the new California Department of Public Health guidance for isolation which allows an individual to leave isolation after 5 days. See the full guidelines here. CDPH has also revised their quarantine guidelines, particularly for those who may be vaccinated but have NOT received a booster shot. See isolation and quarantine recommendations here.

 

Isolation & Quarantine Information

Definitions of Quarantine and Isolation are important:

Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their local public health department.

According to the CDC and CDPH, unvaccinated individuals must also still self-quarantine for a period determined by public health, but is usually 10 days. Testing out of quarantine may be an option to reduce the amount of time required to remain in quarantine, at the discretion of public health as the timing of specimen collection is a critical factor. Public health will also still perform contact tracing to determine who has been exposed to a known COVID case, however if you have not been contacted by public health and you know you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 you should contact public health, human resources or the campus covid coordinator to determine next steps.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it's safe for them to be around others.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 you will be placed in isolation, which may be at home or in a campus residence.

People will be asked not to come to campus under certain conditions and to quarantine or isolate themselves in their home or campus residence, including:

  • Having tested positive for COVID-19
  • Developed symptoms of a COVID-19 infection
  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • Have had close contact with someone known to be diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Have recently returned from travel anywhere outside of Humboldt County

The duration of your isolation will be communicated to you by public health.

Leave options may be available to employees, and students are encouraged to contact the Dean of students for information on how to proceed.

If symptoms develop

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider, get tested at a testing location, and contact their supervisor or, if needed, go to their local emergency room. It is important to call ahead before going to a health care provider.

Students can call the Student Health Center at 707-826-3146. 

 When the Student Health Center is closed:

  • Meet with a medical provider 24/7 through Humboldt's expanded telehealth program, TimelyCare.  If you haven't done so yet, please register with your name and school email, and you can get started with services.
  • Mad River Community Hospital (707) 822-3621
  • St. Joseph Hospital (707) 445-8121

 

How to Isolate & Quarantine

Persons Who Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolation)Recommended Action
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms.
  • Stay home (PDF) for at least 5 days.
  • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen* collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see Section below on masking for additional information)

*Antigen test preferred.

 

Persons Who are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)Recommended Action
  • Unvaccinated; OR 
  • Vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received their booster dose.**

(Refer to CDC COVID-19 Booster Shots to determine who is booster eligible)

  • Stay home (PDF) for at least 5 days, after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Test on day 5.
  • Quarantine can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present and a diagnostic specimen collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see Section below on masking for additional information).
  • Strongly encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted.
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.

** Workplace Setting (not applicable to healthcare personnel):

In a workplace setting, asymptomatic employees in this category are not required to stay home from work if:

  • A negative diagnostic test is obtained within 3-5 days after last exposure to a case
  • Employee wears a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days
  • Employee continues to have no symptoms.

 

Persons Who are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (No Quarantine)Recommended Action
  • Boosted; OR
  • Vaccinated, but not yet booster-eligible.

(Refer to CDC COVID-19 Booster Shots to determine who is booster-eligible)

  • Test on day 5. 
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see Section below on masking for additional information)
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.


Find comprehensive information about pandemic planning, preparedness, and operations at the Humboldt Campus Ready Website.

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