COVID Next Step

What you should do if...

What if I Tested Positive for COVID-19

  • Any student or employee who has been on campus in the last 14 days who tests positive for COVID needs to complete the Gustavus COVID Self-Report form.
  • Go into isolation for 5 days (no matter if you are vaccinated or not).
    • Isolation may extend past 5 days if symptoms are not improving or a there is a fever
  • People who are fully vaccinated and have a booster shot may still test positive for COVID.

 

What if I have had an Exposure - COVID Close Contact

If you have had a known exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19, being within 6 feet of the person for 15 minutes or more within 24 hours, follow these steps.

You do not need to report being a close contact to the College.

Do you have symptoms?
Answer Next Step
Yes, I have symptoms.

Take a rapid COVID test as soon as possible.

  • Call Gustavus Health Service to schedule an appointment at 933-7630.
  • Over-the-counter tests available at a pharmacy.

Limit close contact with others.

No, I do not have symptoms.

Take a PCR test at the next mass testing event.

  • Mondays from 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Wednesdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Lund Center 2nd Floor. No appointment needed.

Limit close contact with others.

 

Do you need to do a self-quarantine?
Answer Next Step More details

Yes, self-quarantine if:

  • Not vaccinated.
  • Not boosted, but eligible to be. (Meaning vaccinated more than 6 months ago with Pfizer/Moderna or 2 months ago with J&J)
  • Tested positive for COVID more than 90 days ago.
  • Go into a self-administered quarantine for 5 days.
  • Day 1 is the day after your last exposure.
  • Return to the community on Day 6.
  • Take a PCR test between days 3-5.
  • Monitor for symptoms for 14 days and test again if symptoms develop.

For 5 days:

  • Stay at home or in your room.
  • Wear a mask when around other people (except when sleeping if sharing a room).
  • Attend class, work, meetings virtually.
  • Eat meals in your room (you may go get food at the Dining Room).

No, you do not need to quarantine if:

  • Received booster shot.
  • Are not yet eligible to receive the booster shot. (Meaning vaccinated less than 6 months ago with Pfizer/Moderna or less than 2 months ago with J&J)
  • Tested positive for COVID within the last 90 days.
  • Take a PCR test between 3-5 days after last exposure.
  • If symptoms develop, stay home and take a COVID test as soon as possible.
  • Monitor for symptoms for 10 days and test again if symptoms develop.
  • Limit close contacts.

 

What if I have COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have any of the COVID symptoms (see sidebar). You do not need to report having symptoms to the College.

Stay home if feeling significantly sick AND take a COVID test.

  • Take a rapid COVID test as soon as possible.
    • Call Gustavus Health Service to schedule an appointment at 933-7630.
    • Over-the-counter tests available at a pharmacy.
  • Take a PCR test at the mass testing event
    • Mondays from 10 a.m. - Noon
    • Wednesdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
      Lund Center 2nd Floor. No appointment needed.
More Information about Quarantine and Isolation
CDC information on quarantine and isolation.

Further details from CDC on new guidance for quarantine and isolation.

Case Management
  • The College has COVID case managers who will regularly be in contact with all students and employees who are in isolation and quarantine.

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