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Quarantine and Isolation Protocols


 

All students, faculty, and staff must call the WKU COVID Assistance Line within four hours of either a positive COVID test result or notification of close contact/exposure at 270-745-2019.

 

Quarantine refers to the actions taken following close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

For individuals who: Quarantine Actions:
  • Call the COVID Assistance Line at 270-745-2019 within four hours of notification of close contact or exposure
  • Continue daily activities, but
  • Monitor for symptoms,
  • Adhere to strict masking for 10 days, and

If possible, take a COVID test on day 5

  • Are unvaccinated against COVID-19, or
  • are not up to date on COVID vaccinations
  • Call the COVID Assistance Line at 270-745-2019 within four hours of notification of close contact or exposure
  • Quarantine at home for 5 days [Note: students whose primary residence is within 3 hours of campus should quarantine at home]
  • If no symptoms develop, you may return after 5 days with strict masking for 5 additional days
If possible, testing on day 5 is recommended

*The CDC defines close contact as being less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period. For example, three separate 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

 

Isolation refers to the actions taken following a positive COVID-19 test result.

Regardless of vaccination status, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should:

  • Call the COVID Assistance Line at 270-745-2019 within (4) hours of a positive test
  • Isolate for 5 days
    • Students whose permanent address is within 3 hours of campus should isolate at home. 

After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or if your symptoms have resolved, you may resume activities with strict masking for an additional 5 days.

*The protocols listed above may be altered based on individual circumstances, including the presence of pre-existing conditions, caretaking responsibilities for vulnerable individuals, and more.  The WKU COVID Assistance Line will provide specific instructions.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Call the WKU COVID Assistance Line at 270-745-2019.

The CDC defines close contact as being less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period. For example, three separate 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.
  • Call the COVID Assistance Line at 270-745-2019.
  • Begin isolation immediately. Students who live within 3 hours of campus should isolate at home.  
  • Faculty and staff should notify their supervisor
  • Students should contact instructors/professors to inquire about remote learning opportunities.
  • Get tested for COVID-19. Testing is available on campus at Graves Gilbert Clinic.
  • Limit interactions with others until results are available.
  • Faculty/Staff: Do not report to work; notify your supervisor
  • Students: Do not attend class; contact your instructor/professor.

So long as your close contact does not exhibit symptoms or test positive, quarantine is not required. All individuals should constantly monitor themselves for COVID symptoms and get tested when feeling ill. 

Remind the individual that they are required to immediately call the COVID Assistance Line (270-745-2019) to report and receive guidance.

 

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Guidance for Faculty Teaching In-Person Classes

We encourage faculty to talk to students about the importance of complying with safety protocols in the classroom, model safe practices behavior, and offer positive reinforcement when students comply with health and safety guidelines. The more we normalize and discuss these expectations with our students, the easier it will be for them to remember and comply with them. Guidelines include:

 

 

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 Last Modified 1/11/22