Close contact is defined as exposure to an infected individual by being within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes over 24 hours except if the close contact occurred in the indoor classroom and both the close contact and the case were students wearing well-fitted masks appropriately and consistently and were at least 3 feet apart.
Individuals who are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 will be required to quarantine per school policy.
After close contact with an infectious/active case of COVID-19, it is possible to develop COVID-19 at any point during the 14-day incubation period. As such, it is necessary to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for the 14 days after last close contact. If symptoms of COVID-19 develop during the 14 days, it is assumed that the individual in close contact has contracted COVID-19 and that individual must isolate.
Quarantine at home can be abbreviated from 14 days to 7 days under certain circumstances. At Marist, the following criteria can shorten the time spent in at-home quarantine if the close contact for those who had household member or significant exposure close contact:
- The individual does not have symptoms of COVID-19 AND
- The individual has a negative PCR test done on or after day 6 of quarantine
- The individual may return to campus on day 8 IF they agree to wear a mask through day 14 except when eating and during rigorous exercise, physically distance (except during sports), and isolate if they develop symptoms
There are three exceptions to the quarantine guidelines listed above:
- If close contact occurs between students in an indoor classroom setting where students were 3 to 6 feet apart and the individual with COVID-19 and close contact were both wearing well-fitting face masks consistently and appropriately, regardless of vaccination status.
- If the close contact is fully vaccinated and is symptom-free
- Fully vaccinated requires that 14 days have passed since completion of COVID-19 vaccine series
- A completed COVID-19 vaccination card is on file in SNAP
- Fully vaccinated individuals are expected to wear a mask for 14 days after last close contact unless or until a negative PCR test received on days 3-5
3. The close contact is immune due to recent history of
COVID-19 and is symptom-free
- Infection was within 90 days of last close contact
- Documentation of positive COVID-19 test is on file in SNAP
- Individuals who are immune due to documented history of COVID-19 in last 90 days are expected to wear a mask for 14 days after last close contact or until they obtain a negative PCR test result for a test done 3 to 5 days after last close contact.
Effective October 13, 2021
Modified Quarantine of Asymptomatic, Unvaccinated Close Contact Individuals:
Quarantine can take place on campus if close contact was not due to a household member and/or significant other exposure IF
- Individuals agree to daily on-campus rapid antigen testing before school/school activities through day 7.
- Individuals continue to wear well-fitted masks.
- Testing must be done on campus. “At home” tests will not be accepted.
If deemed appropriate, students with COVID-like symptoms may also be tested to remain at school.
There will be no charge for testing on campus. Positive test results will only be communicated to the student, parent, and Marist Clinic personnel.