Isolation and Quarantine

If you test positive for Covid-19, begin to have symptoms of Covid-19, or are not fully vaccinated and are exposed to someone with Covid-19, you must take immediate action for your own health and for the safety of others.

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If You Get Sick and Test Positive for Covid-19

If you test positive or have been diagnosed with Covid-19, you must isolate away from others to avoid spreading the illness to anyone else. Follow the steps below to get help, stay healthy, and help protect those around you.

Isolation is the separation of individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19 or been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Students

  1. Return to your residence and avoid taking public transit.
  2. Report your positive test result to Stamps Health Services via this online form.
  3. Anticipate a call from and work with contact tracing teams from Georgia Tech and the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) to identify close contacts. Learn more about contact tracing.
  4. Isolate away from others for at least 5 full days. If after 5 days you are asymptomatic or symptoms have significantly resolved, you may end isolation, but wear a mask when around others in your residence and in public for an additional 5 days. See below for isolation options:
If You Live Off Campus:

You will need to isolate at your residence. At home, separate from others, or wear a mask when you need to be around others. People in isolation should stay in a specific room or area and use a separate bathroom if available, and remain until you meet the criteria for ending isolation.

If You Live On Campus:

Should a resident test positive during spring semester at Georgia Tech, they are encouraged to isolate off-campus in their homes. Residents who have their own bedroom will be allowed to isolate in place. For those who share a bedroom with another individual and are not able to return home, they will be temporarily relocated to a nearby hotel. Learn more about isolation housing and accommodations.

Additionally, you will receive appropriate academic accommodations from your instructors. Learn more about academic accommodations.

Faculty and Staff

  1. If you’re on campus, return to your place of residence.
  2. Report your positive test result to Stamps Health Services via this online form
  3. Contact your primary care physician and your supervisor.
  4. Anticipate a call from and work with contact tracing teams from Georgia Tech and the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) to identify close contacts.  Learn more about contact tracing.
  5. Isolate away from others for at least 5 full days. If after 5 days you are asymptomatic or symptoms have significantly resolved, you may end isolation, but wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days. Stay in a specific room or area and use a separate bathroom if available, and remain until you meet the criteria for ending isolation.

How to Isolate off Campus:

  1. Do not leave your isolation location, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas or return to campus.
  2. Monitor yourself for symptoms of Covid-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may be present as well.
  3. Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated.
  4. Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care immediately if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion, difficulty waking or staying awake, bluish lips or face, or if you think it is an emergency.
  5. Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions for checking your symptoms and reporting information.
  6. Separate yourself from other people.

If You Get Sick and Test Negative for Covid-19

If you test negative for the virus that causes Covid-19 but still have symptoms, you should still isolate. Visit the CDC website for isolation guidelines.

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If You Have Been in Close Contact With Someone Who Has Tested Positive for Covid-19

Fully vaccinated people who have received a booster dose, or who received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine less than 6 months ago, or who received their dose of J&J vaccine less than 2 months ago, can refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if they are asymptomatic. They should get tested on day 5 after exposure and should wear a mask for 10 days when around others.

Everyone who is not fully vaccinated, or who was fully vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than 6 months ago, or who was fully vaccinated with J&J vaccine more than 2 months ago, and has not received a booster vaccine, who has had a potential exposure to someone with Covid-19 should quarantine for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days when around others.

Quarantine is the separation of those who have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 but who are not ill.

If You Live Off Campus:

You will need to quarantine at your residence.

If You Live On Campus:

Should a resident test positive during spring semester at Georgia Tech, they are encouraged to isolate off-campus in their homes. Residents who have their own bedroom will be allowed to isolate in place. For those who share a bedroom with another individual and are not able to return home, they will be temporarily relocated to a nearby hotel. Learn more about isolation housing and accommodations.

Additionally, you will receive appropriate academic accommodations from your instructors. Learn more about academic accommodations.

  1. Stay home and away from others for at least 5 full days after your last contact with a person who has Covid-19.
  2. Continue to quarantine until the conditions for ending quarantine are met.
  3. Once your quarantine is complete, wear a face covering and get tested regularly.

Duration of Quarantine

You may discontinue home isolation if you had symptoms when:

  • At least 5 days* have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

You may discontinue home isolation if you did NOT have symptoms when:

  • At least 5 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and you remain asymptomatic
  • Note, if you later develop symptoms, you should follow the guidance for symptomatic persons above.

*To determine when 5 days have passed, you can consider day 0 of isolation defined as either the date your symptoms started, if symptomatic, or the date of your first positive test, if asymptomatic. If leaving isolation earlier than 10 days, you should continue to wear a mask around others for the remainder of the 10 days. After 10 days, please continue to follow local masking recommendations or ordinances.

If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days. 

Regardless of the day you leave isolation or your ability to wear a mask, you should avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

Please see CDC guidance for additional information on travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

 

 

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Georgia Tech is taking an aggressive, multi-pronged approach for limiting the spread of the coronavirus on campus, and testing and contact tracing are important tools. This strategy relies heavily on support and participation from all members of the campus community.