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

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 10 days to avoid spreading the virus to anyone else. See below for isolation options:
If You Live Off Campus:

You will need to isolate at your residence.

If You Live On Campus:

You will be given the option to return home to isolate. If you do not return home, Georgia Tech Housing and Residence Life will provide an accommodation at our designated isolation location for you to isolate until you meet the criteria for ending isolation. While in isolation, medical staff will follow up with you on a regular basis to monitor your welfare and progress. We will make sure that you receive your essential belongings. Individually boxed meals will also be delivered to you. 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 10 days until you meet the criteria for ending isolation.

How to Isolate:

  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.

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

If you are not fully vaccinated and have been within 6 feet of someone who has Covid-19 for 15 or more minutes cumulatively over 24 hours, you should quarantine for a period of time until you can be sure you do not have the illness.

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

Fully vaccinated people can refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if they are asymptomatic.

Everyone who is not fully vaccinated and who is notified through the NOVID app of a potential exposure will be encouraged to quarantine themselves, monitor for symptoms, and be tested for the virus. The app will provide instructions for contacting relevant campus services when alerting a user that they have potentially been exposed.

  1. If you are not fully vaccinated, quarantine away from others after contact and potential exposure to Covid-19.
If You Live Off Campus:

You will need to quarantine at your residence.

If You Live On Campus:

You will be given the option to return home to quarantine. If you cannot return home, Georgia Tech Housing and Residence Life will provide an accommodation at our designated quarantine location for you to quarantine. While in quarantine, medical staff will follow up with you on a regular basis to monitor your welfare and progress. We will make sure that you receive your essential belongings. Individually boxed meals will also be delivered to you. Learn more about isolation housing and accommodations.

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

  1. Get tested for Covid-19 during quarantine based on the option for quarantine duration chosen.
  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

The CDC offers three options for the duration of quarantine after exposure to Covid-19. (Note: this applies only to quarantine after exposure to Covid-19 for those who are not fully vaccinated, not isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.)

14-day quarantine

This option has the lowest risk of post-quarantine transmission of Covid-19. This was the quarantine period used during fall semester. It is recommended that you get tested for Covid-19 on day 10 of quarantine.

10-day quarantine

This option has a slight increase in risk of post-quarantine transmission of Covid-19.

You may end your quarantine after 10 days if you have met the criteria below: 

  • Perform a daily symptom check.
  • On day 10 of your quarantine, complete this survey attesting that you are not experiencing any of these symptoms or others that could be attributed to Covid-19. Once the certification is confirmed, you will  be able to return to campus the next day.
  • Monitor for any potential symptoms through day 14 after your last contact with the Covid-19 positive individual.

Continue to be diligent about wearing a mask, keeping social distance, handwashing, and avoiding group gatherings. If you develop symptoms, you need to resume quarantine and seek medical evaluation.

7-day quarantine

This option has a higher risk of post-quarantine transmission of Covid-19.

You may end your quarantine after 7 days if you have met the criteria below:

  • Perform a daily symptom check.
  • Take a Covid-19 Test between days 5-7 of your quarantine and get a negative test result.
  • On day 7 of your quarantine, complete this survey attesting that you are not experiencing any of these symptoms or others that could be attributed to Covid-19 AND upload a copy of your negative test result. Once the certification is confirmed, you will  be able to return to campus the next day.
  • Monitor for any potential symptoms through day 14 after your last contact with the Covid-19 positive individual.

Continue to be diligent about wearing a mask, keeping social distance, handwashing, and avoiding group gatherings. If you develop symptoms, you need to resume quarantine and seek medical evaluation.


How to Quarantine:

  1. Do not leave your quarantine 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.

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If You Have Covid-19 Symptoms but Have Not Been Tested

If you begin to have symptoms of Covid-19, follow these guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Students

  1. Stay at home or in your dorm room until you can get a medical evaluation.
  2. Separate yourself from others. Students living in Georgia Tech Housing who share a room and who are having symptoms that could be Covid-19 should notify the RA on call to arrange a temporary space to isolate until definitive evaluation and testing can occur.
  3. Contact Stamps Health Services for a Covid-19 test. Schedule your appointment online or call 404.894.1420.

Faculty and Staff

  1. Stay at home until you can get a medical evaluation.
  2. Separate yourself from others.
  3. Schedule a testing appointment with your primary care physician or a Georgia Department of Public Health testing site. Find testing locations.
  4. If you test positive, report it to Stamps Health Services via this online form.

How to Quarantine:

  1. Do not leave your quarantine 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.

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After Quarantine or Isolation

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Do not return to campus until the conditions for ending quarantine are met. Select the appropriate quarantine duration and abide by its guidelines before coming to campus for any reason.

In addition to students, these guidelines apply to all employees, regardless of their classification, and specifically cover employees who:

  • Have tested positive for Covid-19 or are presumed to have had Covid-19 based on symptoms.
  • Did not exhibit Covid-19 symptoms but tested positive.
  • Have been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

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More Information

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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.