Updated University Guidelines for COVID-19 Isolation



This message to all faculty and staff has been endorsed by Renisha Gibbs, Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Chief of Staff of Finance and Administration.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued updated COVID-19 guidelines reducing the isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 from ten (10) days to five (5) days. The CDC also updated the quarantine guidelines for close contact exposures based on vaccination status. As such, the University has modified our current guidelines to align them with the CDC recommendations.

Positive cases – Orientation for return to work
People who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for five days from the positive test result. The date on which the positive test is taken counts as day zero. If no symptoms have appeared (asymptomatic) on the fifth day, or their symptoms go away, including without fever for 24 hours without the use of antipyretic drugs, the person can return to work with a mask on the sixth day. Individuals should continue to wear a mask around others for an additional five days.

If fever has not resolved or no improvement in symptoms by day 5, individuals should continue to self-isolate until symptoms improve and without fever for 24 hours without using antipyretic drugs.

Close contacts exposure guide
No quarantine required

People are not required to quarantine themselves if they meet the following conditions and have no symptoms:

  • Completed the primary vaccine series for Pfizer or Moderna within the past six months
  • Completed the J&J vaccine within the past two months
  • Individuals who completed the full series and received a recall

People who are up to date with their vaccinations are not required to self-quarantine after close contact exposure unless they are showing symptoms. However, they must wear a mask in and around others for 10 days. It is also recommended that you take a COVID test on the fifth day.

Quarantine required
Individuals should self-quarantine if they meet the following conditions:

  • Vaccinated with both doses of Pfizer or Moderna over six months ago and has not received a booster
  • Vaccinated with J&J over two months ago and has not received a booster
  • Never have received a COVID-19 vaccine

If individuals are considered unvaccinated according to the above criteria, they should self-isolate for five days after exposure. They should continue to wear a mask for an additional five days. It is also recommended that you take a COVID test on the fifth day.

If symptoms appear, get tested immediately and isolate yourself at home. Follow the tips above based on your immunization status.

The CDC defines close contact exposure for those who have not tested positive in the past three months as:

  • You were within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period.
  • You live with or provide home care for someone with COVID-19.
  • You have had direct physical contact with the person (touching, hugging or kissing).
  • You have shared eating and drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or got respiratory droplets on you.

The safety of the campus community is our top priority. If you are ill, notify your immediate supervisor and do not show up on campus. For advice on leave and flexibility options, please do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources Office at [email protected]

Questions? For questions related to positive cases or close contact exposure, contact the SAFER team at (850) 644-5555 or [email protected] For any return-to-work questions, email [email protected]



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