COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

As of August 15, 2022

The procedures outlined below have been developed in consultation with the DeKalb County Health Department and reflect the newest guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health. The information below is subject to change and will be updated as new guidance is received. 

Exposed to COVID-19?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19*, you are not required to quarantine. However, it is required that you mask for 10 days following the date of exposure and it is recommended that you get a covid test 5 days following the date of exposure. If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, follow the guidance outlined under "Steps to Take When You Test Positive for COVID-19."

*Exposure is defined as being around someone closer than 6 ft for more than 15 minutes.

Steps to Take When You Have Symptoms of COVID-19

Please refer to the CDC website for a current list of COVID-19 symptoms.

Isolation Instructions

Testing

 When Can I  Resume On Campus Work/School?

Isolate until you have tested for COVID-19.

Seek a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test (home tests are acceptable) to determine if positive for COVID at onset of symptoms.

Isolation can end if COVID-19 test is negative, and symptoms are improving, including being free from fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.

If test is positive, see below for further guidance.

Steps to Take When You Test Positive for COVID-19

 I Tested Positive for COVID-19

Isolation Instructions

 When Can I  Resume On Campus Work/School?

Testing

Positive for COVID, with symptoms.

Isolate for 5 days. Maintain strict masking for 5 additional days.

On Day 6 from onset of symptoms OR initial test (whichever first), and symptoms are improving, including being free from fever, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. 

No need to re-test.

Not necessary to test negative after illness before returning to work/classes.

Positive for COVID but does NOT have symptoms (asymptomatic).

Isolate for 5 days. Maintain strict masking for 5 additional days.

On Day 6 after positive test if still asymptomatic.

If symptoms develop after positive test, Day 0 is reset to the date the symptoms started.

No need to re-test.

Not necessary to test negative after illness before returning to work/classes.


Guidelines for Counting Isolation Days

If You Have Symptoms and Test Positive for COVID-19

Day
0

Day
1

Day
2

Day
3

Day
4

Day
5

Day
6*

Day
7

Day
8

Day
9

Day
10

This is the day your symptoms started or the date you tested positive (whichever is first)

Isolate

Isolate

Isolate

Isolate

Isolate

Return to class/work and wear a mask.

Wear a mask.

Wear a mask.

Wear a mask.

Wear a mask.

If You DO NOT Have Symptoms and Test Positive for COVID-19

Day
0

Day
1

Day
2

Day
3

Day
4

Day
5

Day
6*

Day
7

Day
8

Day
9

Day
10

This is the day you tested positive.

Isolate

Isolate

Isolate

Isolate

Isolate

Return to class/work and wear a mask.

Wear a mask.

Wear a mask.

Wear a mask.

Wear a mask.

Please note: If you develop symptoms after testing positive your Day 0 will restart and will be the day that your symptoms started. 

*Important: To return to classes/work on Day 6, your symptoms should be improving or resolved, and you must be free from fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours. If you are not, you should continue isolating until you meet this criteria.

Questions?

Employees: Email HRSCOVID@niu.edu.

Students: Email StudentCOVIDQuestions@niu.edu

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