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Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Based on the recommendations of the CDC, Arkansas State University is shortening its isolation and quarantine periods related to COVID-19 for students, faculty, staff and affiliated third-party workers.

As a primary reminder, all individuals associated with A-State continue to be required to report if they are having COVID-19 symptoms, are tested for COVID-19 due to exposure or have a positive COVID-19 test result.  Use the university’s reporting form located online at AState.edu/COVIDSelfReport.

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, individuals who have a positive COVID-19 test result, but are asymptomatic, are asked to isolate for five days, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others.  We want to stress that isolation is for those with the infection, and this shortened period is only for those who are not showing symptoms.

If you are positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Report your status to AState.edu/COVIDSelfReport
  • Stay home for five days
  • If you have fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves
  • Once your symptoms resolve, continue to wear a mask around others for five days

Individuals who are exposed to COVID-19, the quarantine protocols are:

  • For people who are unvaccinated
  • For people who are six months out from their second mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) or two months after the Johnson & Johnson and are not boosted
    • Five days of quarantine followed by strict mask usage for an additional five days.
  • For people who are fully vaccinated and boosted
    • No quarantine is required, but should wear a mask around others for 10 days after exposure.

For all exposed to COVID-19, the best practice is to be tested for coronavirus on day five after exposure.

  • If symptoms occur, quarantine immediately until a negative test confirms the symptoms are not related to COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms at any time, get tested as soon as possible and stay home.