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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Protocols

Quarantine Guidelines

Fully vaccinated and boosted individuals

Per CDC and Massachusetts guidelines, quarantine, even after close contact, is not required if the exposed individual is fully vaccinated and has received the booster shot. These individuals should practice social distancing, wear a well-fitting mask when near others, and monitor for symptoms, for 10 days following exposure. If possible, they should test on day 5. If the individual develops symptoms, they must get a test and stay home until symptoms resolve.

For unvaccinated individuals or vaccinated-but-not-boosted individuals

An exposed individual must stay home for 5 days. After that, the individual must continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If possible, they should test on day 5. If the individual develops symptoms, they must get a test and stay home until symptoms resolve.

Isolation Guidelines 

Flowchart of isolation

The entry point to the flowchart is at the point of either the PCR test or the first RAT (Rapid Antigen Test).

COVID Test Map 

Students

If a student tests positive, that individual will be isolated on campus (residential students only) or isolated at home (residential or commuter students) for a minimum period of 5 days.

For students isolating on campus:

On Day 5 of isolation, the student will be administered a rapid antigen test to determine ongoing infectivity. If negative on Day 5 by rapid antigen test and without symptoms, the student may return to their room and resume normal campus activities. This individual must remain masked at all times when with others or in indoor spaces for another 5 days.

If positive on Day 5, the student must remain in isolation for another two days at a minimum.

On Day 7, the student will be administered a rapid antigen test to determine ongoing infectivity. If negative on Day 7 by rapid antigen test and without symptoms, the student may return to their room and resume normal campus activities. This individual must remain masked at all times when with others or in indoor spaces for another 3 days.

If positive on Day 7, the student must remain in isolation until Day 10, at which point the student may return to their room and resume normal campus activities.

For students isolating off campus:

On Day 5 of isolation, if the student is isolating at home or at another off-campus location, the student will be advised to obtain a rapid antigen test (if not provided one by Health Services prior to going home) to determine ongoing infectivity. If negative on Day 5 by rapid antigen test and without symptoms, the student may return to campus for confirmatory rapid test at Health Services, and resume normal campus activities. This individual must remain masked at all times when with others or in indoor spaces for another 5 days.

If positive on Day 5, the student must remain in isolation for another two days at a minimum.

On Day 7, the student will be advised to obtain a rapid antigen test (if not provided one by Health Services prior to going home) to determine ongoing infectivity. If negative on Day 7 by rapid antigen test and without symptoms, the student may return to campus for confirmatory rapid test at Health Services, and resume normal campus activities. This individual must remain masked at all times when with others or in indoor spaces for another 3 days.

If positive on Day 7, the student must remain in isolation until Day 10, at which point the student may return to campus and resume normal campus activities.

 

Employees

If an employee tests positive, that individual must isolate at home for a minimum period of 5 days.

On Day 5 of isolation, the employee will be advised to obtain a rapid antigen test to determine ongoing infectivity. If negative on Day 5 by rapid antigen test and without symptoms, the employee may return to campus and resume normal campus activities. This individual must remain masked at all times when with others or in indoor spaces for another 5 days.

If positive on Day 5, the employee must remain in isolation for another two days at a minimum.

On Day 7, the employee will be advised to obtain a rapid antigen test to determine ongoing infectivity. If negative on Day 7 by rapid antigen test and without symptoms, the employee may return to campus and resume normal campus activities. This individual must remain masked at all times when with others or in indoor spaces for another 3 days.

If positive on Day 7, the employee must remain in isolation until Day 10, at which point the employee may return to campus and resume normal campus activities.