Exposure and Quarantine Guidelines | COVID-19

As COVID-19 persists in our communities, please use the following guidelines to protect your health and those around you. If you feel ill or have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to campus. 

The CDC considers that you have been exposed to COVID-19 if you have been with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 within six feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period

If the university determines that a member of the community has a confirmed case of COVID-19, and it is suspected that you may have been within six feet of this individual for a total of 15 minutes or more during the infectious period, you will be contacted directly within 48 hours by Student Health & Counseling Services (for students) or Human Resources (for employees).

Positive Case: The student who has tested positive for COVID-19, should contact the Student Health & Counseling Services immediately. Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for at least 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. If the student resides on campus, Housing will be notified.

Close Contacts: If a student in a face-to-face class tests positive, Student Health & Counseling Service will inform all people within the class who have been in close contact with the student (who tested positive) of the potential exposure. If it cannot be determined who in the class had close contact with the student who tested positive, everyone in the class may be contacted.

  • Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period. This is regardless of whether both parties are wearing face coverings.
  • Fully vaccinated: For those who have been exposed are fully vaccinated, they do not need to quarantine if they do NOT have symptoms. They can continue to attend classes or teach.  However, they will need to wear face coverings, maintain physical distance from others while on campus and monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the last date they had close contact with the person who tested positive. If classmates develop symptoms during the 14-day period, they should contact Student Health & Counseling Services and get tested immediately and NOT come to campus. If the instructor develops symptoms during the 14-day period, they should contact their department chair or dean, get tested immediately and NOT come to campus.
  • Not fully vaccinated: If the student/instructor is not fully vaccinated, they are required to stay home and quarantine for at least 10 days. They may end quarantine and return to campus if they do not develop symptoms during the 10-day period. 

Instructional Impact

Arrangements & Leaves: Arrangements will be made for those infected with COVID-19, as well as for anyone determined to be in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, to ensure that they are not present on campus while they are or may be ill. Students should check directly with their faculty member and/or college dean.

Instructor Tests Positive: If an instructor tests positive for COVID-19 they, or a designee, should report their positive test and notify their chair and dean to discuss arrangements and leave options. The instructor will be required to isolate for at least 10 days. Human Resources or Student Health & Counseling Services will contact all people who have been in close contact with the instructor of the potential exposure and provide guidance on the quarantine protocol and when the person can return to campus.

Instructional Impact

  • Arrangements & Leave: Arrangements will be made for those infected with COVID-19, as well as for anyone determined to be in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, to ensure that they are not present on campus while they are or may be ill. If an instructor requires an extended absence, they should follow regularly established absence reporting procedures within their departments and colleges to ensure reasonable arrangements for the instructor and instructional continuity for the students. These arrangements may include, but are not limited to, participating in or teaching classes remotely, or taking leave until it is deemed safe for the individual to return. Employees, including instructors, should contact Human Resources if there are questions about what leave options may be available. 

If you feel ill or have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to campus

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and are symptomatic, you should stay home for at least 10 days starting from the day you first experienced symptoms. You can return to the campus when you have been isolated for at least 10 days;  are fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of medications; other symptoms have improved, and obtained a medical clearance from a licensed healthcare provider. If you live with others at home (including pets), make sure you isolate yourself from others and use a separate restroom, if possible. 

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but are not currently experiencing any symptoms, you are still required to stay home for at least 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. You can return to campus after 10 days if you did not develop symptoms during the isolation period. If you develop symptoms within the 10 days, you should follow the instructions for individuals with COVID-19 who feel ill. If you live with others at home (including pets), make sure you stay in a designated space and use a separate restroom, if possible.

If you feel ill but have not gotten tested, we recommend that you get tested right away. Even if you test negative, do not return to campus until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.

You do not need to quarantine and can continue with your usual activities after a close exposure as long as you do not have any symptoms. However, you will be required to wear face coverings, maintain physical distance from others when you are on campus, and monitor for symptoms for 14 days starting from the last date you had close contact with the person who has COVID-19.

The CDC recommends anyone who is fully vaccinated to get tested 3-5 days after possible exposure, even if you do not exhibit symptoms.

Individuals who are immunocompromised should continue to follow guidelines recommended for unvaccinated individuals, unless advised to do otherwise by their healthcare provider. 

Immunocompromised individuals who have been sick with COVID-19 may need to stay home for at least 10 days and up to 20 days after the first day of symptoms. Testing may be required to ensure that being around other people again is safe, but will need clearance from their healthcare providers.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for at least 10 days from the last day of exposure or the last date they had close contact with the person who has COVID-19.  If you have symptoms or develop symptoms during quarantine, you should get tested right away. If you do not develop symptoms, get tested on or after 5 days into the quarantine period (but before the 10 days). If the test comes back positive, you should self-isolate and follow the isolation requirements. If the test comes back negative, you should continue with the quarantine and consult with your healthcare provider whether you should retest.

Exposed individuals may be able to return to school or work ONLY after staying home for at least 10 days from the last day of exposure AND if they did not develop any symptoms. They should continue to monitor for symptoms and must use a face covering and physical distance for 14 days from the last day of exposure.

Individuals with disabilities might be at risk for infection or an unrecognized illness, and if they test positive, should speak directly with their healthcare provider.

You must participate in weekly testing if:

  • You received a medical or religious exemption
  • Are in the course of receiving your vaccinations, or are not 14 days past your last dose
  • You have not submitted your vaccination certification along with a proof of the COVID-19 vaccination

If any of these apply to you, you must test once per week. If you received a positive test or begin experiencing symptoms, do not come to campus. Please follow directions from “What if I feel ill or have tested positive for COVID-19?”

Yes. If you are fully vaccinated and have been advised that you were exposed to someone who tested positive, it is recommended that you get tested 3-5 days after possible exposure. If you do not have any symptoms, you may return to class or work, and you will need to wear a mask and physical distance from others for at least 14 days following exposure. If you have symptoms, do not come to campus.  

Cal State East Bay has a free testing service available in front of the Student Health & Counseling Services Center on the Hayward campus. From now until Sept. 9, 2021, the schedule will be Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  

The City of Hayward offers testing Monday-Friday. Check their website for updated hours and holiday closures. 

The City of Concord offers COVID-19 and antibody testing at Centre Concord every Wednesday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. by appointment only.