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

Last updated on Sep 20, 2021

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 COVID-19:

If you had symptoms, you must isolate until:

  • 10 days have passed since your symptoms started and
  • You haven’t had a fever in the last 24 hours, without taking medication for fever, and
  • Your symptoms are getting better.

If you never had symptoms, you must isolate for 10 days after your positive test.


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

You must quarantine until one of the following happens:

  1. You have a negative COVID-19 test result or
  2. You get a doctor’s note or clinic note that you do not need to quarantine or isolate.

If you do not get tested or cleared by a healthcare provider, you must quarantine until all of the following are true:

  • 10 days have passed since your symptoms started and
  • You haven’t had a fever in the last 24 hours, without taking medication for fever, and
  • Your symptoms are getting better.

(C) If you have had close contact* to someone with COVID-19, and DO NOT show any symptoms:

If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and you have close contact with someone with COVID-19, but do not show any symptoms, you do not need to quarantine but should watch for symptoms for 14 days. We recommend testing at day 3–5 after close contact.

  • If you develop symptoms, see (B)

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must stay home until one of the following happens:

  1. 10 days have passed since your last close contact, and you have had no COVID-19 symptoms during that time or
  2. 7 days have passed since your last contact; you had no symptoms during that time, and you have a negative COVID-19 test collected at least 5 days after your last close contact.

You should continue monitoring for symptoms for 14 days after your last contact. If you develop symptoms, see (D).


(D) If you have had close contact* to someone with COVID-19, and ARE showing symptoms:

If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and you have close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19, and you have symptoms, you must follow the steps in (B).

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must stay home until:

  1. 14 days have passed since your last close contact and
  2. You meet the criteria above for a fully vaccinated individual.

Definitions (according to the CDC):

  • *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).
  • Quarantine: separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  • Isolation: separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

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,