May 27, 2022

Exposed to COVID?

Wellness Staff provide summer 2022 guidance for LC community members exposed to COVID.

To be clear, the only exposures to be concerned about are the ones where you have been within six feet of the infected person for 15 minutes or more, over a period of 24 hours, during the infected person’s period of infectiousness. That period is generally considered to start two full days before their onset of symptoms or positive test (whichever came first), and extends until they enter isolation.

Please read and follow this guidance from the CDC regarding what you should do if you are exposed as a close contact. Note from the CDC guidance that people who are up-to-date on their vaccinations do NOT need to quarantine after close contact with someone who had COVID-19. However, if you are up-to-date on COVID vaccination and you have been exposed, you should:

  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID for ten days after your last exposure;
  • Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public (do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask);
  • Get tested at least 5 days after your last exposure;
  • Avoid travel; and
  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk.

If you are up-to-date on your vaccination, you may continue to participate in all campus activities (academic, work and otherwise) in the days following your exposure. Testing is highly recommended at least five days after your last exposure as a close contact. If you wish to get tested on campus in the wake of an exposure and you are asymptomatic, please e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu

Different rules apply to individuals who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations, and typically a quarantine period is required. See the CDC guidance for details. If you are not up-to-date on your vaccination, and think you’ve been exposed as a close contact, please isolate immediately and contact covid19info@lclark.edu as soon as possible. Title your e-mail: NEED TO QUARANTINE. Note that the covid19info@lclark.edu e-mail account is monitored on workdays during business hours during the summer–it is not monitored on weekends, holidays, or afterhours.

Close contacts who have had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (i.e., you tested positive using a viral test) do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.

If you have onset of any COVID symptoms, you should isolate immediately, get tested, and stay in isolation until you have your test results. In addition,

  • Students should seek follow the guidance available at go.lclark.edu/summer22isolation.
  • Employees should self-isolate, seek medical care as necessary, and inform both their supervisor and Human Resources (hkirkendall-baker@lclark.edu).
  • Contracted staff should self-isolate, seek medical care as needed, and contact their supervisor.