Exposure and Quarantine Guidelines

If you feel ill or have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to campus. To assist with the exposure investigation process and prevent the spread of COVID-19, report all COVID-19 positive cases and exposure involving staff, faculty, and students to Student Health & Counseling Services (for students) or Human Resources (for employees) immediately by filling out the applicable COVID-19 reporting form.

The latest isolation and quarantine guidelines from Alameda County are below for anyone who tests positive or is exposed to COVID-19. 

  • Notify the university by filling out the applicable COVID-19 reporting form for students or employees.
  • Isolate. Stay home for at least 5 days.
  • Isolation can end after Day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving AND a diagnostic test (antigen preferred) is negative.
  • If unable to test or choose not to test, isolation can end after Day 10 if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • If fever is present, isolation should continue until fever resolves for at least 24 hours without medications.
  • If other symptoms are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after Day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days indoors and outdoors.
  • Notify the campus by filling out the applicable COVID-19 reporting form for students or employees.
  • You don’t have to quarantine if you don’t have any symptoms, but should get tested 3-5 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for a total of 10 days (from your last contact with the person who has COVID-19) when indoors and when around others outdoors.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms for 10 days. If you develop symptoms, notify the campus and stay home and get tested, if possible. If you cannot test or your test is positive, follow the isolation guidelines above.
  • Notify the campus by filling out the applicable COVID-19 reporting form for students or employees.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home and get tested. If you cannot test or your test is positive, follow the isolation guidelines above.
  • If your 1st test is negative, continue isolating, retest in 24-48 hours, and contact HR/SHCS for further guidance.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for a total of 10 days indoors and outdoors.

 *The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) defines close contact or an exposure as sharing the same indoor airspace (i.e. room, office, vehicle) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with someone who has COVID-19 during their infectious period.

If the university determines that a member of the community has a confirmed case of COVID-19, and it is suspected that you had close contact with that individual, you will be contacted by Student Health & Counseling Services (for students) or Human Resources (for employees).

For Instructors. What to do if a student in your class is ill.

  1. Advise the student to stay home and contact SHCS using the Student COVID-19 Positive or Suspected Case Reporting Form.
  2. It is not necessary to quarantine the entire class. If the student was in class recently, provide SHCS a copy of the class roster.
  3. SHCS will follow up with the student, determine if anyone needs to be quarantined, directly notify any individuals who had close contact, and work with Human Resources to notify any additional individuals about potential exposure.