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Modified Isolation and Quarantine Program

Updated January 6, 2022

Consistent with recent CDC guidance, WNE will implement a Modified Isolation and Quarantine Program for the winter term and spring semesters.

Background

COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant have increased along with seasonal increases in influenza and other respiratory virus infections. The CDC has been monitoring the emerging science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious with Omicron, and the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses against Omicron infection.

On January 4, the CDC updated their COVID-19 isolation and quarantine recommendations with shorter isolation and quarantine periods to focus on when a person is most infectious, followed by continued masking.

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

Definitions:

Isolation: Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine: Individuals who have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

Isolation Program

Isolation Period

The isolation period is a full ten days; this is a best practice and reinforced by the evidence and science of COVID-19.

  • Day (0) is the onset day of symptoms or the day of a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Day (+10) is the final day of isolation.
  • Return to school or work is allowed on Day (+11).

Isolation Location

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to discuss housing options with Health Services, who can assist in determining the best isolation option based upon individual circumstances. Designated isolation housing on campus will be available to community members on an as-needed basis. 

Who needs to Isolate?

Regardless of vaccination status, the following scenarios require isolation:

  • People who have a positive test for COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.
  • People with symptoms of COVID-19, including people who are awaiting test results or have not been tested. People with symptoms should isolate even if they do not know if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Early Release from Isolation

The isolation period may be shortened to five full days if the following conditions are met:

  • Return to school or work is allowed on Day (+6).
    • You are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
    • Your other symptoms have improved, as assessed by Health Services.
    • You have a negative Antigen COVID-19 test.

**If you test positive on Day (+5), you are not fever-free, or symptoms are not improving, you must continue to isolate for the entire ten days.

Testing Options

  • You have an observed rapid Antigen test at home on Day (+5), and the results are negative. Observation is arranged via a telehealth visit with WNE Health Services.
    OR
  • You obtain an Antigen test at an outside facility, and test results are negative.
    OR
  • You obtain an Antigen test at WNE Center for Health and Wellness and the results are negative.

Additional Requirements

  • You must continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others in the residence halls, the classroom, and other WNE public places for five additional days—Day (+6) through Day (+10).
  • You should avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, such as nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after the full 10-day period.
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask for Days (+6) to (+10).

Quarantine Program

Quarantine Period

The quarantine period is a full ten days.

  • Day (0) is the first day post-exposure.
  • Day (+10) is the final day post-exposure.
  • Return to school or work is allowed on Day (+11) post-exposure.

Quarantine Location

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to discuss their housing options with Health Services, who can assist in evaluating their circumstances. Designated housing on campus will be available to students on an as-needed basis.

Who must quarantine?

If WNE Health Services or the Local Board of Health (LBOH) has identified you as a close contact with someone with COVID-19, you must quarantine if you are in one of the following categories:

  • You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccines but have not received a recommended booster shot, but are eligible.
  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over two months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot, but are eligible.
  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

Who does not need to quarantine?

  • You are ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses AND received a booster shot when eligible.
  • You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

Quarantine Requirements

  • Stay away from other people for a full ten days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Obtain a COVID-19 test on Day (+5) post-exposure
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.
  • For ten days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you develop symptoms, notify Health Services at 413-782-1211. The team will discuss testing options with you and require that you get tested.
  • If you test positive, follow isolation

Early Release from Quarantine

  • Obtain a COVID-19 test on Day (+5).
    • If the test is negative and you have not developed symptoms, you may be released from quarantine by Health Services.