All individuals should follow guidance from their healthcare providers and seek emergency medical care if they experience any emergency warning signs of COVID-19

Individuals who test positive via an antigen, PCR or LAMP test are considered to be positive for COVID-19 and must follow the applicable instructions for students or employees who test positive, including reporting their positive results and isolation protocols. Students who need treatment should contact Health Services during business hours or should contact TimelyCare, if after hours. 

Employees who test positive and need further guidance should contact their healthcare provider. Those who don’t have a healthcare provider should call 211 to connect to care or contact the nearest federally qualified health center or one of Vermont’s Free & Referral Clinics.

Following are instructions for those who are symptomatic and/or have a known close contact exposure to the virus, or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms

  • Take an antigen test as soon as possible––even if symptoms are mild, and even if you previously had COVID-19 or recently received a vaccination. Stay home and wear a well-fitted, high quality mask while around others until you test negative for COVID-19 through either serial antigen tests or a PCR test.

  • If the antigen test result is negative and you have not had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days, you should take a PCR test to confirm the result. Per CDC guidance, you may also repeat antigen testing at least 48 hours later.

    • The CDC and FDA recommend that If you get a negative result on the second antigen test and you are concerned that you could have COVID-19, you may choose to take a third antigen test again 48 hours later, take a PCR test, or call your healthcare provider (employees) or health services (students).

  • Symptomatic individuals who have had a COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days should follow CDC testing guidance. Students may contact Health Services and employees should contact their healthcare provider with questions about their individual circumstances.  

  • Those who develop new or different symptoms should stay home, restart the testing protocol, continue to wear a well-fitted mask and practice good hand hygiene to avoid spreading illness.

  • Individuals who receive a positive antigen or PCR test result must isolate immediately, report their positive results through the COVID-19 Test Result form, and follow the instructions for those who test positive as applicable to students and employees.

Individuals who are identified as a close contact:

  • Follow CDC guidance applicable to exposed individuals, monitor for symptoms, wear a high quality mask as soon as you find out you were exposed, and get tested at least five full days (Day 6) after your last exposure. You do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms. Per CDC guidance, testing is not recommended for those who tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 30 days.

  • On Day 6, you may take a PCR test (unless you have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 31-90 days, in which case you should use antigen tests per CDC guidance).

  • Even if you test negative, continue taking precautions as recommended by the CDC: wear a well fitted, high-quality mask when around others at home and indoors in public for 10 days and take extra precautions if you will be around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19

  • If you develop symptoms at any time, isolate immediately, get tested, follow the College’s instructions for symptomatic individuals, and stay home until you test negative.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate immediately, report your results through the COVID-19 Test Result form and follow the instructions for those who test positive as applicable to students and employees.