Student Return Campus Guide

Confirmed Positive

Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use. Do not leave under any circumstance except to seek medical care. Do not invite others into your room. Monitor symptoms. Telehealth visits at University Health Services are available at uhs.fsu.edu/telehealth or call 850-644-4567.

  • Students living on campus who test positive will need to return home or find their own isolation space off campus.
  • Off-site housing – you may isolate in your own apartment or home.

Return to Campus

You will be notified by FDOH when you are cleared to return to campus activities according to CDC guidelines.

  • If you remain without symptoms during the entire 10 days (asymptomatic):
    • 10 days from date of positive test result
  • If you develop symptoms (symptomatic):
    • Minimum 10 days from date of positive test results AND resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND improvement in symptoms for 24 hours

Exception

In the rare cases when people become severely ill and require hospitalization or have immunosuppression, it may be necessary to isolate for 20 days or longer. These are to be decided with close consultation of your treating physician.


Presumptive Positive

Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use. Do not leave under any circumstance except to seek medical care. Monitor symptoms. Telehealth visits at University Health Services are available at uhs.fsu.edu/telehealth or call 850-644-4567.

Presumptive positive results are complicated and each case is considered on the basis of many complex factors. You need to discuss your case with a designated FSU clinician to determine best options for your case.

Return to Campus

You will be notified by UHS when you are cleared to return to campus activities.


Close Contact

For vaccinated individuals, if you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should report this to SAFER and a test is recommended 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your PCR test result is negative. If you develop symptoms, please quarantine immediately and test for COVID-19.

NOTE: Issues of isolation and quarantine are under the legislatively designated authority of the local public health department. Thus, in coordination with the FL Dept of Health and the Leon County Health Department, the FSU policies for quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 are as follows:

What counts as close contact?

According to the CDC, for those who have not tested positive in the past 3 months, close contact is defined as:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

All persons, especially those who may have had close contact, should routinely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including:

  • Fever (100.40F or more) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  1. Routine quarantine after close contact with another person who has COVID-19 (whether infected person is symptomatic or simply has a positive test) will be for 14 days after the last contact. a. Exclusions – people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days do not need to quarantine or re-test as long as they do not develop symptoms.
  2. OPTION shortened quarantine period.

    At this time due to volume with the Delta variant, FSU will not be processing negative test results for the option for shortened quarantine in collaboration with the Leon County Health Department. Individuals asked to quarantine should complete 10 days before return to campus.

    1. 10 days - If the exposed individual has maintained careful daily monitoring for symptoms and has remained symptom-free for 10 days since exposure, they may be released from quarantine AFTER 10 days (or on Day 11 since last exposure)
    2. 7 days - If the exposed individual has maintained careful daily monitoring for symptoms and has remained symptom-free and receives a negative PCR test collected on day 6 or 7 after exposure, they may be released from quarantine AFTER 7 days (or on Day 8 since last exposure)

In both shortened option scenarios, individuals must adhere strictly to public health mitigation through Day 14, including correct and consistent use of a face mask, social distancing, hand hygiene, avoiding close contact and crowds, and self-monitoring for symptoms. Additionally, close contacts who develop symptoms within the 14 days should seek medical care and testing.


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