What if I have been exposed, or if someone in my hall or house has tested positive?

  1. If you begin experiencing any symptoms, call the Student Health Center (students), University Medical Center (faculty/staff) or your personal physician.
  2. Please don’t panic. Monitor your symptoms carefully and follow the advice of your medical professional.
  3. Do not rush out to be tested again unless advised to do so. You must wait 2-5 days after possible exposure before testing to ensure accurate results.
  4. Someone from the COVID Hotline Support program will contact you directly if you have been identified as someone who has had CLOSE CONTACT with a known positive. Close contact means: Within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more without a mask or face covering.
  5. Report any known close contact on the UA Healthcheck and directly to the COVID Hotline Support program.
  6. Stay in your room and avoid contact with others until the COVID Hotline Support team contacts you with specific instructions. This could take some time because of the individualized response, but please be patient. You will be assigned a Case Manager who will follow up regularly with you and provide guidance.
  7. In the meantime:
    • Begin preparing a list of people with whom you have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more without a mask) in recent days. This will help identify others possibly exposed IF you test positive. Please be thorough.
    • Begin making a list of personal items you may want/need if you are placed in quarantine.


FAQs related to exposure:

What does close contact mean?

Close contact is defined as (1) anyone who spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive or suspected COVID symptomatic individual while not wearing a mask (either you or the other individual or both); (2) anyone who has had frequent bodily contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; or (3) anyone having direct contact with secretions (e.g., cough, sneeze, etc.) of a COVID-19 positive individual or suspected COVID symptomatic individual.   Anyone who is a close contact and is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be treated as a suspected positive unless a negative test proves.

How do I know if I should self-quarantine or self-isolate?

  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-quarantine, which means:
    • Staying at home/residence hall room until 14 days after your last contact
    • Checking your temperature twice a day and monitoring yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19
    • Stay away from others, particularly those individuals who may be at high risk for becoming sick from COVID-19.
  • If you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, you will be provided isolation accommodations and you should:
    • Stay in the isolation accommodations until (a) all of your symptoms have resolved, (b) you have been fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication, and (c) it has been at least 10 days since your symptoms first appeared or you tested positive.
    • Stay away from others and use a separate bathroom as available.