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Isolation and Quarantine for Positive Cases, Symptoms, or Close Contact

Last updated on Jan 12, 2022

What to do if you test positive, show symptoms, or have a close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19


If you are sick, stay home!
If you have a positive test, are showing symptoms, or have had close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 (defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period), you must follow these instructions:

  1. Use this form to self-report your case (you may also email COVIDresponse@cca.edu).
  2. Begin quarantine or isolation if appropriate, as soon as possible (you can determine if you should quarantine or isolate based on the protocols outlined below).
  3. You will be contacted by a member of our team who will collect information from you, guide you on your next-steps, and alert anyone who may need to be notified.


CCA is responsible for initiating the contact tracing process and will work with any sick students, faculty, or staff, along with public health officials, to identify and contact individuals who may have been exposed. Please reach out to your healthcare provider directly if you have any concerns about your health or your symptoms worsen.


(A) If you have tested positive for COVID-19:

If you had a positive COVID‑19 test or were diagnosed with COVID‑19, you must stay home, except to get needed medical care. Everyone must stay home who tests positive for COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated, have no symptoms or were recently (within the last 90 days) infected and recovered.

If you tested positive for COVID-19, you must stay home until all of the following are true:

  • At least 5 days have passed since your symptoms started (or, if you did not experience symptoms, you must stay home for at least 5 days after your positive test)
  • You no longer have a fever
  • Your other symptoms are getting better
  • You have a negative test collected on or after day 5

Either an antigen or PCR test is fine, but an antigen test is preferred to leave isolation or in people who have had a recent COVID-19 infection. At-home tests are acceptable to end isolation or quarantine.

If you are unable to test or choose not to test, you can end isolation after 10 days.


(B) If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19:

If you have symptoms of COVID‑19, you must stay home except to get tested or get needed medical care, even if you are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination or have recently had COVID-19. You must stay home, away from other people, while waiting for your test result.

You can leave home after one of the following is true:

  1. You have a negative COVID-19 test result, collected after your symptoms started (and you have had no known close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19)
  2. You get a doctor's note or clinic note that you do not need to isolate.

Or, if you don't get tested or cleared by a healthcare provider, you may leave home after all of the following are true.

  • 10 days have passed since your symptoms started
  • You no longer have a fever
  • Your symptoms are getting better.

(C) If you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19

If you had close contact with someone with COVID‑19, you may need to stay home based on how many vaccine doses you have received.

If you are up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccine:

If you are up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccine (or if you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days) you do not have to quarantine. You should:

  • Test on day 5
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, including outdoors (masks are required indoors while at CCA)
  • Monitor symptoms for at least 10 days

If symptoms develop, test immediately, stay home, and follow directions in section (B).

If you are not up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccine:

If you are not up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccine, you must:

  • Stay at home for at least 5 days after your last known close contact
  • Test on day 5

You may only leave your house after day 5 if symptoms are not present and you have a negative test on day 5 or after. If you leave your home after day 5, wear a well-fitting mask around others indoors and outdoors until at least day 10.

If you are unable to get tested (or choose not to test):

If you are unable to get tested (or choose not to test) and you do not develop symptoms, you can end quarantine after day 10. monitor symptoms for 10 days following your last known close contact, If symptoms develop, test immediately, stay home, and follow directions in section (B).


Definitions (according to the CDC and San Francisco Department of Public Health):

  • Close contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms.
  • Up-to-Date on Vaccination means you are either two weeks past completing the full initial course of vaccines—either both doses of a two doses vaccine or after one dose of single-dose vaccine AND one week after receiving a Booster of any type once a person is eligible for a Booster. Until a person is eligible for a Booster, they are considered Up-to-Date on Vaccination two weeks after completing their initial vaccines.