University Announcements

Guidance Regarding Isolation and Quarantine

Updated: November 4, 2020

A&M-Central Texas has adopted revised CDC guidance regarding isolation and quarantine as part of the Return to Campus Plan.

The revised guidance for isolation, issued October 27, is as follows:

  • Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms may end isolation under the following conditions:
    • fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication),
    • improvement in symptoms, and
    • at least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms first appeared.
    • Persons with a weakened immune system (due to a health condition or medication) or that have had severe illness from COVID-19 may need to stay home and isolate longer, possibly up to 20 days after symptom onset. The CDC has advised that the loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation if the person’s other symptoms have improved.
  • Persons who tested positive for COVID-19 who never developed COVID-19 symptoms may end isolation under the following conditions:
    • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 test.
  • If COVID-19 symptoms develop, then the above symptom-based strategy should be followed.
  • For more information, see the CDC's most recent information on isolation.

The revised guidance for quarantine, issued October 27, is as follows:

  • Persons who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should take the following steps:
    • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19,
    • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms, and
    • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Close contact is generally defined as being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated, regardless of wearing a face covering. *Individual exposures should be added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) to determine close contact. Close contact also includes:
    • Providing care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19 (including a roommate or housemate).
    • Having direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
    • Sharing eating or drinking utensils with the person.
    • The person has sneezed, coughed, or somehow gotten respiratory droplets on you.
  • The CDC outlines various scenarios for ending quarantine such as when you live with someone with COVID-19 and can or cannot avoid continued close contact.
  • The CDC advises that anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months, has recovered, and remains without COVID-19 symptoms does not need to quarantine after close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • For more information, see the CDC's most recent information on quarantine.