You should begin isolation at home as soon as you:
- Begin to experience symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.
- Receive a positive test result for COVID-19, regardless of whether you have symptoms.
- Have been instructed to isolate by a healthcare provider or public health staff member.
What is the isolation timeframe?
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, needs to stay home for at least five full days from positive test date if asymptomatic or from when symptoms started if symptomatic. Some individuals may need to isolate longer, as directed by their healthcare providers. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after isolating for a full five days (and fever-free for at least 24 hours), you can leave isolation and must continue to wear a mask when around others for five additional days. Isolation can be complex; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a calculator or you may contact the Public Health Office for a consultation.
When to seek emergency medical care
If you or someone you know is showing any of these signs or symptoms*, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility and notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
*This list does not cover all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Notify faculty members and work (if applicable)
Contact faculty members and/or your supervisor to let them know you will not be able to participate in in-person activities. Employees may direct questions regarding leave options to email@example.com. Students who have reached out to faculty and aren’t sure what to do, for example, if symptoms become more severe or are looking into additional academic options, please submit a self-referral form and a Student Support Case Manager will reach out to you directly to provide assistance and/or connect you with additional support resources.
Current CDC quarantine guidance - Individuals with a potential exposure to COVID-19 and no symptoms do not need to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status. They are advised to monitor for symptoms, to wear a mask for 10 days and test on day 5.
Who needs to quarantine?
If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.
Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can schedule a COVID telehealth appointment and testing online on their MyCUHealth portal or by calling 303-492-5432. Faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider. Testing is available at community testing sites.
How to find out if you need to quarantine
To determine if you need to quarantine or not, we recommend connecting with the contact tracing team via:
The contact tracing team will connect with you for a brief phone call to learn more about your situation to tailor information and next steps appropriately.
Common questions about isolation and quarantine
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you need to isolate, regardless of vaccination status. This means that you should stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or date of positive test). Your isolation guidance may be different based on your health or where you work and live.
If you are severely ill with COVID-19 or who are immunocompromised, you may need to isolate for a longer period of time. CDC guidance recommends isolating for a period of at least 10 and up to 20 days AND consult with a healthcare provider before ending isolation.
If you tested positive using an at-home antigen test, you may report your test results here: covidrapidtests.colorado.gov.
Create an account, then select test type “At-home antigen - self reported” to report your positive test result. If you are unable to report your positive result on the website, you can also report your positive results to the contact tracing team.
During self-isolation you should:
If you have access to a test, you should use an antigen test on day 5 of the isolation period (or day 7 for healthcare workers). You should only take a test if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
If your test is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10. There may be some exceptions - you may call or email the contact tracing team for a consultation. If your test is negative, you can end isolation, but should continue to wear a mask around others at home or in public until day 10.
If one of your household members tests positive for COVID-19, you may need to quarantine (stay home). The duration of your quarantine depends on your vaccination status.
You do not need to quarantine if:
You should wear a mask around others for 10 days and get tested 5 days after last exposure, or immediately if symptoms arise.
If you do not meet the criteria above, you need to quarantine at home for 5 days after exposure and continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. You should get tested on day 5 or immediately if symptoms develop.
If you have been in close contact (six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) and do not know whether you have been infected, you may need to quarantine. It depends on your vaccination status.
For 10 days after exposure, you should continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, wear a mask, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and avoid contact with high risk individuals.
If you aren’t sure what to do, please contact the Public Health Office.
Do NOT travel if:
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should avoid travel for a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date of your positive test (if you had no symptoms). If you must travel after day 5, wear a mask when around others for the entire duration of travel.
If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19, you should get tested at least 5 days after your last close contact and make sure your test result is negative and you do not have any symptoms. If you don’t get tested, delay travel until a full 10 days after your last close contact.
If your symptoms are severe (trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest), call 911 or go to the hospital.