I’ve been in isolation after being diagnosed with COVID-19. When can I return to campus?

September 16, 2020

All students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, who have been in close contact with a COVID-positive person, or who have been required to self-quarantine should not return to work, classes, or campus until the following conditions are met. Conditions for return differ whether one is in isolation as a result of a positive test or quarantine based on close contact. These conditions for return to work/class/campus follow CDC guidelines.

Isolation: Return to Work/Class/Campus

  1. COVID-19 positive individuals should isolate for 10 days after symptom onset.
  2. Ten (10) days after symptom onset, isolation can end for individuals
    1. whose symptoms are gone or improving, and
    2. who do not have a fever (and have not used fever-reducing medications).
  3. For asymptomatic individuals, isolation can end 10 days after their first positive test for COVID-19.
  4. No documentation is required, nor should be requested for return to work/class/campus.
  5. Once the above conditions have been met, students cannot and should not be denied a return to class/work/campus.

UWM recommends contacting Norris Health Center or your personal medical provider to verify your health status for return to work or classes. Norris HC will not retest students leaving isolation.

Those who have recovered from COVID-19 should self-monitor for return of symptoms. If symptoms return, do not come to campus and contact Norris Health Center or your health care provider. (Reference: CDC isolation guidance)

Quarantine: Return to Work/Class/Campus

  1. Individuals who quarantine due to close contact should quarantine for 14 days following last contact with a COVID-positive person. There can be no close contact with a COVID-positive individual during quarantine, or else the quarantine clock resets to 14 days.
  2. Individuals who quarantine due to close contact and who live with a COVID-positive individual should quarantine for 14 days from when the COVID-positive person began home isolation.
  3. After 14 days with no symptom onset and from last contact with a COVID-positive person, quarantined individuals are allowed to return to normal activities.
  4. No documentation is required, nor should be requested for return to work/class/campus.
  5. Once the above conditions have been met, students cannot and should not be denied a return to class/work/campus.

UWM recommends contacting Norris Health Center or your personal medical provider to verify your health status for return to work or classes. Norris HC will not retest students leaving quarantine.

Those who leave quarantine should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms occur, do not come to campus and contact Norris Health Center or your health care provider.

See also: When to Quarantine