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Quarantine and Isolation Protocols


Regardless of vaccination status, all faculty, staff and students testing positive for COVID-19 and those identified as being close contacts to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must contact the WKU COVID Assistance Line at 270-745-2019 within four (4) hours of being notified of the test result or contact trace. Additionally, on-campus residents should follow the WKU Housing Quarantine Plan.

 

 

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Fall 2021 Quarantine and Isolation Protocols - (updated 8/12/21)

The term quarantine refers to WKU faculty, staff, and students who meet the following criteria:

  • Have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but have not yet been tested
  • Have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, or hugged/kissed or other direct contact within 2 days of positive test result or onset of symptoms)
  • Have been contacted by a WKU COVID-19 case manager, a health care practitioner, or public health official and instructed to quarantine

The quarantine period for identified close contacts is 10 days from last contact with the positive case or 7 days with a negative COVID test performed on days 5, 6, or 7 with no symptoms presented.

The term isolation refers to WKU faculty, staff, and students who meet the following criteria:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 (both symptomatic and asymptomatic)

The isolation period for identified positive COVID-19 cases is 10 days from onset of symptoms or positive test result provided the following:

  • Symptoms have improved
  • No fever for 24 hours prior to the end of the 10 day period without the aid of fever reducing medication

ALL members of the WKU community who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as close contacts must call the WKU COVID Assistance Line at (270) 745-2019 for further guidance.

For quarantine:

  • Stay in your residence after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Watch for fever above 100.3 F, cough, or shortness of breath.  Other symptoms may include chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste and/or smell scratchy or sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea
  • Stay away from others, especially those who are at higher risk due to underlying conditions or age
  • Follow guidance of WKU COVID case managers, health care practitioners, or public health officials
  • If no symptoms are present, you may elect to get tested on day 5, 6, or 7. With a negative test result you may elect to end quarantine at the end of day 7. You may also elect to complete 10 days of quarantine as long as no symptoms have developed

 For isolation:

  • Stay in your residence and avoid others for the required 10 day period
  • Monitor your symptoms and reach out to your health care provider if symptoms persist or become worse
  • Watch for fever above 100.3 F, cough, or shortness of breath.  Other symptoms may include chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste and/or smell scratchy or sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea
  • Follow guidance from WKU COVID case managers, health care providers, and/or public health officials

 

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 Last Modified 9/1/21