COVID Symptoms or Exposure - Decision Tree

When should you get tested

This guidance is based on Minnesota Department of Health Decision Tree issued on August 31, 2020. This decision tree will be updated if guidance changes from MDH.

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COVID Symptoms
If you have one less-common COVID symptom 

If a person has one less-common symptom such as sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose:

Students living on campus may remain in their housing assignment until test results return.

All students and employees should closely monitor for COVID by:

  • Getting tested and lay low until the person has results back
  • Being diligent to monitor for new or worsening symptoms
  • Having no close contacts - limit activities and exposure as much as possible until symptoms improve

If test is negative, resume normal activities 24 hours after symptoms improve.
If test is positive, go into isolation off campus or move to a campus isolation space. Remain in isolation for 10 days from time symptoms started until symptoms improved AND no fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications).

If you have two (or more) less-common symptoms OR one (or more) more common COVID symptoms 

If a person has one or more common symptom such as fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F, new onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell they should:

  • Go into isolation off campus or move to a campus quarantine/isolation space for those who have COVID symptoms.
    • Students living on campus with a private bedroom and private bathroom (not shared with any other students) may remain in their housing assignment.
    • Case manager should verify with Residential Life that the student is currently assigned to a space with a private bedroom and private bathroom.
  • Get tested.

If test is negative, stay in isolation and return to normal activities 24 hours after symptoms improve.
If test is positive, stay in/move to isolation off campus or a campus isolation space for those who have tested positive. Remain in isolation for 10 days from time symptoms started until symptoms improved AND no fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications).

Known Exposure
If you are identified as a close contact

If a person is identified as a close contact which is defined as:

    • Being closer than (six) 6 feet
    • For 15 cumulative minutes or more within 24 hours
    • With a person within 48 hours of when they took their COVID test which came back positive or when their symptoms started (whichever was earlier).
  • Go into quarantine off campus or move to a campus quarantine space for those who have a known exposure to COVID.
  • Standard quarantine for a close contact is 14 days.
  • Get tested 7 days after last exposure (or sooner if any symptoms develop).

If test is negative AND you do not have symptoms, you have the option to only remain in quarantine for 10 days from the day of last exposure.
If test is positive, remain off campus or move into isolation location for those who are positive if staying on campus. Remain in isolation for 10 days from the day the test was taken or the day symptoms began (whichever is earlier) until symptoms have improved AND no fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications).

Suspect you may have been exposed

If you have not been identified as a close contact, but you think you may have been exposed either because you were further than six 6 feet from the infected person.
OR
You were with the infected person prior to the 48 hours when they received a positive test or began having symptoms.
OR
You have been in close contact with someone who had close contact with the infected person.

  • Students living on campus may remain in their housing assignment until test results return.
  • Employees and students should closely monitor for COVID by:
    • Getting tested and lay low until student has results back.
    • Being diligent to monitor for new or worsening symptoms.
    • Having no close contacts - limit activities and exposure as much as possible for the 14 days following contact with the person with COVID.

If test is negative, continue to closely monitor for COVID symptoms and limit exposure for 14 days.
If test is positive, go into isolation off campus or move to a campus isolation space for those who have tested positive. Remain in isolation for 10 days from time symptoms started until symptoms improved AND no fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications).