Quarantine and Isolation
The University's Quarantine and Isolation guidelines are in alignment with the updated Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's guidance for Institutes of Higher Education. Student Health Center staff members are University officials, and their directions must be followed. Please strictly adhere to all guidance provided.
Quarantine is used to separate someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 and may develop illness away from other people. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they have the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 10 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of increasing the spread of the virus. Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions.
In Los Angeles County, if you have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 you are required* to:
- Quarantine (you do not need to quarantine if you are exempt*)
- You must quarantine (stay home and away from others).
- You can end quarantine after Day 5 if you have no symptoms and you have a negative diagnostic test that was collected on Day 5 or later.
- If you do not test, you can end quarantine on Day 10 as long as you do not have symptoms.
- Note: Day 0 is the day of your last contact (exposure) with the infected person. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure.
- You should test immediately. If your test is negative, you should test again on Day 5 after your last exposure.
- If either test is positive, you must isolate immediately.
- Monitor Your Health
- Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after your last exposure.
- If you develop symptoms, you must isolate and test immediately.
- If your test is positive, continue to isolate. Your isolation period begins the day that your symptoms start.
- If your test is negative, you can leave home once you have completed your quarantine period and you have been fever-free for 24 hours.
- Wear a Mask
- Wear a well-fitting mask while around others (indoors and outdoors) for 10 days after
your last exposure.
- Adults should wear a well-fitting medical-grade mask (surgical or respirator).
- Children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.
- Wear a well-fitting mask while around others (indoors and outdoors) for 10 days after your last exposure.
*You are not required to quarantine (you are exempt) if you do not have symptoms and you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines. This means that you are either fully vaccinated and boosted or you are fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster. Even if you do not need to quarantine, you still must adhere to the other requirements: test, monitor your health, and wear a mask.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific "sick room" or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).
In Los Angeles County, if you have COVID-19* you are required to:
- Isolate yourself, and
- Wear a mask indoors and outdoors for 10 days, and
- Tell your close contacts that they have been exposed and need to follow instructions for close contacts (if you have a positive viral test)
*You are considered to have COVID-19 if you have a positive viral test for COVID-19 and/or a health care clinician thinks that you have COVID-19.
Note: If you recently had COVID-19 (within the past 90 days) and you now have a new positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 but you do not have symptoms, talk with your doctor to see if you have COVID-19 again.