COVID-19 Exposure Protocol

COVID-19 Exposure Protocol

CDC Update: The CDC recently updated their quarantine guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals.

If you are fully vaccinated (including boosters) and have been exposed, please follow updated CDC guidance which removes the need to self-quarantine and recommends:

  1. Testing at least 5 days after exposure. Free and convenient testing is available on campus. 

  2. Wearing a mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of your last close contact is considered day 0). 

If you are not fully vaccinated (including boosters), please follow the guidelines provided below.

What is exposure/close contact? 

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

If you are not fully vaccinated (including boosters) and have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you must self-quarantine. Detailed instructions for self-quarantining following exposure are provided below. 

What is self-quarantine?

When you are exposed to an illness, there is time between your exposure and when you may start to feel sick. During this time, you may still spread germs and be able to pass the illness to others. Self-quarantine means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. 

If you begin to experience symptoms, contact your healthcare provider or call Campus Health at 520-621-9202. If you test positive following your exposure, please refer to the Positive Case Protocol for Students and/or the Positive Case Protocol for Employees.

Duration of Self-Quarantine

If you are not fully vaccinated (including boosters) and exposed to COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for at least 5 days following your exposure (the date of your last close contact with a person who has COVID-19 is considered day 0).

  1. For 10 days after your close contact, wear a well-fitting mask and watch for COVID-19 symptoms

  2. If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate yourself until you receive your test results. 

  3. If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after your close contact. 


I am not fully vaccinated, how do I self-quarantine?

Stay at Home

  • Stay home, except for getting medical care
  • Do not go to work, school, events, parties, stores, or any public areas
  • Do not use rideshares, taxis, or public transportation until you're released from self-isolation
  • Ask friends or family to drop off groceries and supplies, or use a delivery service
  • Ask a friend or family member to run errands for you

Separate Yourself from Others in Your Home

  • Avoid situations where you have close contact with other people living in your home
  • Stay on your own in a well-ventilated room (windows opened regularly) with the door closed
  • Use a separate bathroom/toilet, if available and clean bathroom/toilet after every use
  • Do not share utensils, towels, bedding or other items
  • Wash utensils/dishes thoroughly after use (dishwasher ok to use)

No Visitors Allowed

  • Do not invite visitors, friends, or family to your home
  • Do not make contact with people at the front door – deliveries should be left at the door and the delivery person should leave before you open the door

Wash Your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (preferred method)
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands after sneezing/coughing; before and after preparing food; before eating; after toileting; and when your hands are visibly dirty


Contact your provider or call Campus Health
MEDICAL: 520-621-9202
AFTER HOURS: 520-570-7898
CAPS 24/7: 520-621-3334




Pima County Health Department

On-demand, text-based primary healthcare (online 24/7 for all University of Arizona students over age 18)

What else should I do?

Practice Common Prevention Measures

Monitor for Symptoms

Wear a Face Covering

  • Remember to wear a face covering when you are around other people or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
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