The COVID protocols that kept the CCSU family healthy and safe during the pandemic either have been eliminated or relaxed. The University’s COVID management team continues to monitor the situation and, if a major outbreak occurs, may reinstitute any measures deemed necessary. For now, though, the following protocols are in place:
If you are exposed to the COVID-19 virus or are told by a healthcare provider/public health authority that you recently have been exposed, please take the following steps (regardless of your vaccination status or if you previously have been infected):
TAKE PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY
Day 1 is the first full day after your latest exposure.
Continue taking precautions for 10 full days.
Notifying Human Resources or Health Service of exposure is not required.
WEAR A MASK
As soon as you find out you were exposed, wear a mask. A high-quality mask (KN-95 / N95) is recommended by the CDC, but other masks may be used if they provide a two-ply fabric barrier.
- During the 10-day period, the mask should be worn any time you are around others inside your home, in a residence hall, in an academic building, or any public indoor setting.
- Masks are not required when outdoors in a general setting.
- Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask, including travel and public transportation settings.
DAY 5, GET TESTED
Test even if you don’t develop symptoms
- If your test is negative, continue taking precautions through day 10.
- If your test result is positive, follow the isolation recommendations.
WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS
- fever (100.4°F or greater)
- shortness of breath
IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS
- Isolate immediately
- Get tested
- Stay home until you know the result
WHEN TO ISOLATE
Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19, but do not yet have test results.
If your test results are positive, follow the full isolation recommendations below.
Positive Test (Minimum 5 Full-Day Isolation)
Follow the full isolation recommendations below. When you have COVID-19, isolation is counted in days, as follows:
- No symptoms?
- Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result).
- Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested.
- If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset.
- Have symptoms?
- Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive.
- Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days, and isolate from others.
- You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days.
- Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home.
- Stay home and separate from others as much as possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.
- No symptoms?
- You may end isolation after 5 full days
- Once you end isolation, wear your mask through day 10.
- If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them.
- With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.
- Had symptoms?
- You may end isolation after 5 full days from on-set of symptoms if:
- You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
- You are fever free, and your other symptoms are improving
- If you still have a fever or your other symptoms have not improved, continue to isolate until they improve.
- If you continue to have a fever or moderate illness isolate through day 10.
- Once you end isolation, wear your mask through day 10
- If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.
Having tested positive for COVID-19 requires immediate isolation and immediate notification.
- Faculty and staff must contact Human Resources at (860) 832-3202.
- Students should isolate in place and immediately contact Health Services at (860) 832-1910. Students should be prepared to isolate off campus at home or their permanent address and have accommodations in place prior to the start of the semester. Any resident student who cannot secure accommodations must speak with Residence Life at the start of the semester to coordinate alternate isolation plans.
Return to Campus
Before returning to campus, for classes, work, or activities, faculty and staff must receive clearance from Human Resources and students must be cleared by CCSU Health Services.