COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines

Positive COVID-19 Case

If you have a positive COVID test, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Report status via the CSM COVID-19 Reporting Form.
    • This can be self-reported or by someone else, such as a supervisor, faculty member, friend, or co-worker.
  • Stay home for 5 days,
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolved after 5 days, you can return to CSM.
      or
    • If after 5 days you have mild or improving symptoms with a negative COVID test, you can return to CSM.

    • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others in all areas for 5 additional days.
  • Wear a mask, as required, in all indoor spaces at CSM.

Close Contact to a Positive COVID-19 Case

If you were exposed to someone with COVID and have been vaccinated within the past six months:

  • Wear a mask around others in all areas for 10 days.
  • Wear a mask, as required, in all indoor spaces at CSM.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home until you receive the results. If you test positive, follow guidelines regarding a positive COVID test above.


If you were exposed to someone with COVID and it has been over six months since you were vaccinated or you have never been vaccinated:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • Wear a mask in all areas for 10 days if you are unable to quarantine.
  • Wear a mask, as required, in all indoor spaces at CSM.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home until you receive the results. If you test positive, follow guidelines regarding a positive COVID test above. 

Not a Close Contact

No quarantine or further action is required. If you have been around someone who was identified as a Close Contact to a person with COVID-19, closely monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. You do not need to self-quarantine unless you develop symptoms or if the person identified as a close contact develops COVID-19, which then would upgrade your exposure to “Close Contact” and require you to follow the Close Contact protocols.
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