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Coronavirus Information & Resources

What to Expect After COVID-19 Test


COVID-19 test results are uploaded in Point & Click at Results are typically available within 24 hours. If you test negative, no further communication occurs. If you test positive, a member from the University Health Center will call you to inform you of the positive result and to ask you some questions on your interactions on campus. Individuals who test positive should follow the guidance listed below.


Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. You will be required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around other people if able.

Students in campus-managed housing will need to move to isolation housing for the duration of your isolation period. All off-campus students and employees will need to isolate at home.


Students will need to make arrangements with their instructors regarding class attendance and assignments.

Employees can telework if they are eligible and feel well enough to do so. Employees who are not eligible for telework and/or do not feel well enough to work may use their earned paid leave.


Someone from the University will contact you to ask questions about your interactions with others on campus. Be prepared to provide the names and contact information for any close contacts. A close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Please answer the call and answer honestly.


Individuals who tested positive may return to campus life after 5 full days if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving*. Individuals who were severely ill with COVID-19 should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​