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.
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If possible, take a COVID test on day 5
*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:
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.
- 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.
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:
- Encouraging vaccination. Vaccines and boosters are readily available in our area, including the Graves Gilbert Clinic on campus.
- Encouraging the use of effective face coverings.
- Self-monitoring for symptoms using the daily health check before coming to campus.
- Getting tested for COVID-19 if showing symptoms or after a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual (if you are not already fully vaccinated and are not symptomatic).
- Following proper hygiene practices, including frequent hand sanitization.
- Reporting exposure or a positive test to the COVID assistance line.
- Visiting Healthy on Hill for the latest updates.