Tested Positive for COVID-19

What to do if you tested positive for COVID-19

Calculate Isolation Time

  • Check out this helpful tool from the CDC to help you determine if you should be in isolation or quarantine and for how long.
  • Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test.
  • Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or the day your test specimen was collected if no symptoms are present.
  • If you have COVID-19, isolate for at least 5 days.

Ending Isolation

Tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status)

Stay in isolation for AT LEAST 5 days if you test positive

  • Isolate from others (unless they have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days)
  • Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others.
  • Do not go about - around campus, to stores, or travel.
  • Eat alone in a private setting.
  • You may go outside (remain 6 feet away from others).

Ending isolation after testing positive

  • End formal isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.
  • For your 6th-10th day of isolation, you may return to limited activities as long as you wear a KN95 mask at all times and assume you are still contagious.
  • You may take a rapid test on your 6th-10th day and if the test is negative, you may assume you are no longer contagious and can return to regular activities without a mask.
  • Rapid tests can be purchased at the BookMark or may be covered through your insurance. Find more information on our Testing Resources page. 

Isolation on Campus

In Your Room

  • Remain in your room as much as possible.
  • Do class, work, other activities remotely.
  • Wear a mask to use a public bathroom.
  • Have a friend deliver food if needed (if necessary, wear a KN95 mask and get food "to go" from Dining Service).

Move to Isolation Location on Campus

  • Contact the Dean of Students Office at 507-933-7526 to be moved to an isolation location.
  • Isolation will happen in designated isolation rooms on campus.

Who to inform

More Information About Isolation

Campus Resources