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Exposure Guidelines

Mason has set up guidelines for members of the university community who have tested positive, have had contact with someone who has tested positive, or are showing symptoms of COVID-19.


 

You tested positive

Can I Come to Work or Campus?

No, you must remain isolated until you meet the following conditions:

  • No fever for 72 hours (without using fever reducing medicine), AND
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved, AND
  • It has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
Do I Need to Be Tested?

The Virginia Department of Health will ask for potential close contacts to quarantine:

  • Intimate or household contacts.
  • Close contacts with direct contact (under 6 feet, at least a cumulative total of 15 minutes).
Where Do I Go for Care?

If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider immediately.

  • For students in the Fairfax area identifying Student Health Services (SHS) as their primary care provider, contact SHS at 703-993-2831 and ask to speak to a nurse.
  • If a student has another provider but would like to notify Mason, use our online reporting portal.

 

A doctor says you have COVID-19, but you haven't been tested.

Can I Come to Work or Campus?

No, you must remain isolated until you meet the following conditions:

  • No fever for 72 hours (without using fever reducing medicine), AND
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved, AND
  • It has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
Do I Need to Be Tested?

Yes.

Where Do I Go for Care?

Keep your health care provider informed of your test results, and arrange appropriate follow-up care.


A household member / intimate partner tests positive/ have been told by a doctor they have COVID-19

Someone you live with: roommate, significant other or intimate partner (includes kissing).

Can I Come to Work or Campus?

No. You must quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. Talk to your doctor about your risk and recommended length of quarantine.

Do I Need to Be Tested?

No, unless you have symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever, Or
  • Shortness of breath, OR
  • Cough and other symptoms.
Where Do I Go for Care?

No care is needed if you don't have symptoms. Self-monitor your symptoms and temperature every day for 14 days since last exposure. If you develop symptoms, contact your health care provider.


A close contact has COVID-19

You are at higher risk if the contact had symptoms. Contacts include:

  • Someone you had direct physical and frequent contact with (teammate, close friend).
  • Someone whose infectious secretions you had direct contact with (coughed on, sneezed on or touching used tissues with a bare hand).
  • Someone you had prolonged face-to-face contact with within 6 feet, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more.

Can I Come to Work or Campus?

No. Per Virginia Department of Health guidelines, you will need to quarantine while the person is sick, while the person is recovering, and for 14 days after their home isolation has ended.

Do I Need to Be Tested?

Talk to your doctor if you develop symptoms. If your doctor recommends it, you must be tested.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever, OR
  • Shortness of breath, OR
  • Cough or other symptoms such as body aches, loss of taste or smell.
Where Do I Go for Care?

Contact you primary care doctor.

Students in the Fairfax area who use Student Health Services as their primary care provider, call 703-993-2831 and ask to speak to a nurse.


Co-worker or friend has COVID-19

Your risk is low to medium if this person had symptoms.

  • Someone who you walked by or were around, but more than 6 feet away.
  • Someone you were in the same room with, but not within 6 feet for 15 minutes.

Can I Come to Work or Campus?

Yes, you can work, as long as you do NOT have symptoms.

Do I Need to Be Tested?

No, unless you have symptoms.

Where Do I Go for Care?

Take general precautions such as physical distancing, wear a face covering, and hand washing.


Friend of a friend has COVID-19

Your risk is minimal if it's someone such as your best friend's mother or your spouse's co-worker.

Can I Come to Work or Campus?

Yes, you can work, as long as you do NOT have symptoms AND you were not a close contact.

Do I Need to Be Tested?

Not unless you have symptoms.

Where Do I Go for Care?

If you don't have symptoms, no action is needed. You should self-monitor your symptoms every day for 14 days.


If You Are a Health Care Worker

If your patient or co-worker tests positive:

  • Student Health Services staff who had a close contact exposure with a COVID-positive patient, while not wearing PPE, or who themselves are ill, should immediately isolate and inform their supervisor, who will contact Student Health Services' physician on-call.
  • Population Health/MAP clinic staff who had a close contact exposure with a COVID-positive patient should immediately isolate. If you are ill, inform your supervisor.