Quarantine Guidelines

  • Based on the updated MDH guidelines, students and staff may reduce their quarantine time from 14 days to 7 or 10 days in certain circumstances. 

    Please note: our Health Services staff does not work on Saturdays and Sundays so any requests submitted after office hours on Friday will not be reviewed until Monday.

    Click here to submit a request for a shortened quarantine. 

    Return from Quarantine Options

    7-day Quarantine Request Details

    *COVID-19 positive person cannot live in the home for shortened quarantine.

    You may consider being around others after seven days only if:

    • You get tested for COVID-19 at least five full days after you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, and the test is negative. Refer to the Quarantine Dates Table here.
      • You must get a negative molecular test, not an antigen test or antibody/blood test. Learn more about the differences at Types of COVID-19 Tests.
      • All tests offered at the state's community testing sites are PCR tests. Visit COVID-19 Community Testing Sites to make an appointment.
      • If being tested by healthcare provider, make sure to tell them you need a molecular test.
      • Test needs to be done after five full days after last contact with positive person (last contact day considered day zero). See image below related to timelines.
      • PLUS all of the items from the 10 day quarantine guidance.

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    10-day Quarantine Request Details

    Student may return to in-person learning and activity participation after finishing 10 full days of quarantine. Refer to the Quarantine Dates Table here. 

    The 10-day quarantine guidance applies to situations where there has been:

    • a one-time exposure
    • the person exposed does not have symptoms of COVID-19
    • the person has not tested positive for COVID-19

    Even after a 10-day quarantine, the person must:

    • Watch for symptoms through day 14.
    • If symptoms begin, stay home, separate from others and get tested right away. All household contacts should stay home as well.
    • Continue to wear a mask and social distance.

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    14-day Quarantine Request Details

    14-day quarantines are still required when someone in your household has symptoms of or has tested positive for COVID-19, as the risk for infecting others is higher within the same household.

    Student may return to in-person learning and activity participation after finishing 14 full days of quarantine. Refer to the Quarantine Dates Table here.

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    Who Does Not Need to Quarantine

    If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and have close contact with someone with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

    • Your illness was confirmed with a positive lab test in the past 90 days.
    • You have fully recovered.
    • You do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

    If someone has completed COVID-19 vaccination (two doses in a two dose series or one dose in a one-dose series) and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

    • The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.
    • They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

    Even after a person has recovered from COVID-19 or is fully vaccinated they should still continue to stay distanced, wear a mask that fits well, wash their hands often, and follow other precautions. Do not visit people who have had close contact to someone with COVID-19 and are in quarantine. 

Quarantine Dates Table

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Last Modified on May 5, 2021