What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
Exposure to COVID-19 can result in the need to quarantine or isolate. Clark adheres to these guidelines set out by the CDC:
- People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms, in which case, a healthcare provider should be contacted for guidance.
- Fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and diligently wear a mask in all indoor spaces for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
- People should quarantine for 14 days if they have been in close contact(within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19.
- People who are a close contact of someone who has tested positive will be contacted by Health Services Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss this process.
- Quarantining includes limiting direct contact with others for up to 14 days. It also requires paying attention to possible symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.
- During isolation, direct contact with others should be avoided until it’s safe to do so.
- Stay in a separate room from others, use a separate bathroom if possible, and do not share personal household items.
- Isolation can be discontinued for symptomatic students 10 days after symptom onset plus at least 3 days without fever and respiratory symptoms.
- For asymptomatic people, isolation can be stopped 10 days after a positive test.