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COVID Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Monmouth University Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines reflect the June 1, 2022 guidance provided by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH):  “Recommended COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Timeframes for Non-Healthcare Settings.”

Guidance reflects isolation and quarantine periods of 5 days to focus on the period when a COVID-positive person is most infectious or a direct contact is most likely to develop symptoms and test positive.  Mask wearing days 6-10 is warranted as viral shedding can continue up to 10 days. 

COVID Isolation Guidelines

Isolation is used if you have tested positive for COVID.

  • A person testing positive for COVID-19 needs to isolate for at least 5 full days from the date of the positive COVID-19 test.
  • Date of positive test is considered to be day zero (0).
  • Any university student or employee who tests positive for COVID-19 needs to report the positive test to Health Services by calling 732-571-3464 or emailing health@monmouth.edu.
  • Persons may discontinue isolation after 5 days if they no longer have symptoms or symptoms are greatly resolving/improving. 
    • If isolation is discontinued after day 5, a well-fitted mask must be worn at all times when around others for an additional 5 days (days 6-10).
    • Persons leaving isolation on day 6 need to avoid high risk viral spreading activities until a full 10 days.  Such activities include: eating around others at home or at work or going to places where you are not able to wear a mask such as restaurants and some gyms.
    • Avoid travel until a full 10 days after positive test.  If travel is necessary on days 6-10, need to wear a well-fitted mask when around others for the entire duration of travel.
  • If a person is still experiencing symptoms without improvement on day 5, they should continue to isolate for another 5 days in order to complete 10 full days of isolation.
    • Persons with moderate COVID-illness (evidence of lower respiratory disease) should isolate for 10 days.
    • After 10 days of isolation a person is no longer considered to be contagious unless they have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 or have a compromised immune system.

Quarantine Guidelines/COVID-19 Exposure

Quarantine is used if you are directly exposed to a COVID-19 positive person and meet quarantine criteria.

  • A direct contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. The exposure occurs within two days prior to the infected person becoming symptomatic or testing positive.

When to Test After COVID-Exposure?

  • Any person, regardless of vaccination status, directly exposed to COVID-19 should obtain a COVID-19 test 5 days after last contact with the COVID positive person or earlier if symptoms develop.
    • Date of last contact is considered to be day zero (0).

Who Should Quarantine?

Individuals in the following groups who are a direct contact with someone with COVID-19 DO NEED to quarantine:

  • Persons > 12 years old who completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccine but have NOT received recommended booster dose(s) when eligible.
  • Persons who are not fully vaccinated (haven’t completed primary vaccine series)

Who Does Not Need to Quarantine?

Individuals in the following groups who had direct contact with someone with COVID-19 do NOT need to quarantine but should mask for 10 days post exposure and get tested on day 5:

  • Persons > 12 years old who completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccine AND have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
  • Children 5-11 years old who completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Persons who had a confirmed, positive COVID-19 test within the last 90 days.

During Quarantine:

  • Stay home and away from others for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after last close contact with the COVID-positive person.
  • If COVID symptoms develop, get tested and follow isolation recommendations.
  • If asymptomatic get tested at least 5 days after last close contact.
  • If test negative on day 5, quarantine can end after day 5 (release on day 6). 
    • Wear a mask at all times when around others for days 6-10. 
    • Avoid travel and high-risk activities through day 10.

What Should I Do if a Household Member is Positive for COVID?

  • The COVID-positive household member needs to isolate away from others. 
    • Ideally, should have their own bedroom and bathroom.
    • Consistently wear a well-fitted mask around others in the house through day 10.
  • Household contacts, meeting quarantine criteria, begin quarantine 5 days after the COVID-positive person completes their 5-day isolation period.
  • If household contacts can’t isolate away from the COVID-positive member, call Health Services at 732-571-3464 for further guidance.