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COVID Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Monmouth University Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines reflect the January 11, 2022 guidance provided by the New Jersey Department Health (NJDOH). These guidelines are subject to change as COVID-19 impact evolves and guidance from the CDC and the NJDOH is updated to reflect the changing environment.

COVID Isolation Guidelines

Isolation is used if you have tested positive for COVID and need to separate from those without COVID.

COVID Symptoms include: fever, chills, body aches, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, night sweats, sore throat, congestion, runny nose nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

Have Symptoms, Positive Test
  • Isolate for five full days from date of positive test. Date of positive test is Day 0. Isolation ends Day 6.
  • Isolation ends when you no longer have symptoms or symptoms are resolving/improving.
  • If had a fever need to be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask when around others for 10 days from positive test. 

Post-Isolation: For 10 full days, avoid high risk activities such as eating around others at home and at work.

Have Symptoms, Positive Test, and Symptomatic on Day 5
  • Continue to isolate until symptoms resolve/improve.
  • Persons with moderate COVID illness should isolate for 10 days.
  • Persons with severe COVID illness requiring hospitalization may isolate for 10 to 20 days.
  • Notify health@monmouth.edu of your continued symptoms and extended isolation period.

Post-Isolation: For 10 full days, avoid high risk activities such as eating around others at home and at work.

Have Symptoms, Negative Test
  • No isolation required.
  • Avoid contact with others while ill.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask until symptoms resolve.

Note: If a direct contact of a positive case, follow quarantine guidelines.

No Symptoms, Positive Test
  • Isolate for five full days from date of positive test. Date of positive test is Day 0. Isolation ends on Day 6.
  • If develop symptoms within one week of positive test, the five-day isolation period starts over.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask when around others for 10 days from positive test.

Post-Isolation: For 10 full days, avoid high risk activities such as eating around others at home and at work.

No Symptoms, Negative Test

No self-isolation required.

COVID Quarantine Guidelines

Quarantine is a strategy used when you are exposed to someone with COVID but do not have symptoms; you stay away from others because you could develop symptoms/test positive within 5-7 days of exposure.

COVID Symptoms include: fever, chills, body aches, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, night sweats, sore throat, congestion, runny nose nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

No Symptoms, Negative Test, Had a Close Contact with Positive Case

If Vaccinated and Boosted or Had COVID in Last 90 Days

  • Do not need to quarantine.
  • Get a COVID test 5 days after exposure.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask when around others for 10 days from exposure.
  • If develop symptoms, isolate and get tested.

If Vaccinated but Not Boosted or if Unvaccinated:

  • Quarantine for 5 days from date of last contact with positive case.
  • Get a COVID test 5 days after exposure.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask when around others for 10 days from exposure.

Household Contacts That Cannot Physically Distance from the Positive Person:

  • Quarantine until 5 days after positive case isolation ends.
  • Quarantine will be a total of 10 days.
  • Get a COVID test before end of quarantine period. 
No Symptoms, Not/Never Tested, Had Close Contact with a Positive Case

If Vaccinated and Boosted or had COVID in last 90 days:

  • Do not need to quarantine.
  • Get a COVID test 5 days after exposure.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask when around others for 10 days from exposure.
  • If develop symptoms, isolate and get tested.

If Vaccinated but Not Boosted or If Unvaccinated:

  • Quarantine for 5 days from date of last contact with positive case.
  • Get a COVID test 5 days after exposure.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask when around others for 10 days from exposure.

Household contacts that cannot physically distance from the positive person:

  • Quarantine until 5 days after positive case isolation ends.
  • Quarantine will be a total of 10 days.
  • Get a COVID test before end of quarantine period
No Symptoms, Negative Test, No COVID Exposure

No self-quarantine required.