Employees who have no COVID-19 symptoms but are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 must do the following:

  • In accordance with Vermont Department of Health (“VDH”) guidance, if you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines, you are not required to test for COVID-19 after a close contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless you develop symptoms. Asymptomatic employees who choose to test after a close contact exposure or a possible low risk exposure should follow the instructions below for those who are not up to date on their vaccines.
  • If you are not up to date on your vaccines or you have an approved medical or religious exemption, you are required to test for COVID-19 after an exposure. In accordance with VDH guidance, you have the option of taking a PCR or LAMP test at least five days after the exposure or, no earlier than four days after the exposure, you may take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer). If you have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days you should use antigen tests rather than a PCR or LAMP test given the risk of a false positive result from a PCR or LAMP test.
  • If you are not experiencing symptoms you may arrange PCR testing on campus. You may also schedule PCR testing through the Vermont Department of Health, at a local pharmacy, or your healthcare provider. LAMP tests are available through VDH testing sites as supplies last. Antigen test kits are available for all employees at the Human Resources Office at Marble Works, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and at the Davis Family Library circulation desk. The kits contain two tests each. We ask that employees take just one box at a time. 
  • You are not required to quarantine unless you develop symptoms. However, in accordance with VDH guidance, you may choose to take extra precautions such as wearing a mask when around others until you receive a negative PCR or LAMP test or two negative antigen tests, as described above. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 via an antigen, PCR or LAMP test you must stay home, self-isolate for at least five days, report positive results through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool and follow the Instructions for Employees who Test positive for COVID-19, Regardless of Vaccination Status. You may not return to campus until you have completed the isolation period and met the other criteria for release from isolation.

Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms but are not a known close contact of someone who has COVID-19 must do the following:

  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, and are not identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 you must stay home from work, take an antigen test as soon as possible and notify your supervisor. Antigen tests rather than PCR tests are recommended because antigen tests allow for rapid results and earlier isolation and treatment for those who test positive.
  • If you have not had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days you may choose to take a PCR test although results could take up to several days. You may also choose to take a LAMP test. If the PCR or LAMP test is negative, you are negative for COVID-19. (See separate instructions below for those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days).
  • Antigen tests are available through the College as supplies last. You may also seek testing through the Vermont Department of Health, at a local pharmacy, or their healthcare provider. LAMP tests are available through VDH testing sites as supplies last. Testing for symptomatic employees is not available at the College testing center. 
  • If your initial antigen test is negative, you must take a second antigen test at least 24 hours later or a PCR or LAMP test to confirm the initial antigen test result. If the second antigen test or confirmatory PCR or LAMP test is negative then you are negative for COVID-19.
  • You may not return to campus until you receive a negative test result from your initial PCR or LAMP test or you receive a second negative antigen test result from a test taken at least 24 hours after your first antigen test or you receive a negative PCR or LAMP test result after your initial negative antigen test. Even if the test(s) are negative, those with symptoms must wear a well-fitted mask, and practice good hand hygiene to avoid spreading illness.
  • Those who develop new or different symptoms should continue to stay home and self-isolate, get another antigen, PCR or LAMP test, and continue to wear a well-fitted mask and practice good hand hygiene to avoid spreading illness. A negative antigen test must be followed up with a confirmatory PCR or LAMP test or a second antigen test taken 24 hours after the first antigen test, and employees may not return to campus until they receive a negative PCR or LAMP test result or a second negative antigen test result. 
  • Employees who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days after a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 must stay home, self-isolate, notify their supervisor, and take an antigen test rather than a PCR or LAMP test. If the antigen test is negative, no further testing is necessary. 
  • If you test positive via an antigen, PCR or LAMP test at any time you are considered to be positive for COVID-19. You must stay home, self-isolate for at least five days, report positive results through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool and follow the Instructions for Employees who Test positive for COVID-19, Regardless of Vaccination Status. You may not return to campus until they have completed the isolation period and met the other criteria for release from isolation.

Employees who have COVID-19 symptoms and are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 must do the following:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms and are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you must stay home, self-isolate, take an antigen test as soon as possible, and notify your supervisor. Antigen tests rather than PCR tests are recommended because antigen tests allow for rapid results and earlier isolation and treatment for those who test positive. 
  • If you have not had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days you may choose to take a PCR test although results could take up to several days. You may also choose to take a LAMP test. (See separate instructions below for those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days). 
  • Antigen tests are available through the College as supplies last. Symptomatic employees may also seek testing through the Vermont Department of Health, at a local pharmacy, or their healthcare provider. LAMP tests are available through VDH testing sites as supplies last. Testing for symptomatic employees is not available at the College testing center. 
  • If your initial antigen test is negative, you must take a second antigen test at least 24 hours later or a PCR or LAMP test to confirm the initial antigen test result.
  • If your COVID-19 PCR or LAMP test or your antigen tests described above are negative, you may return to campus. However, if you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines or you have an approved medical or religious exemption you must take additional COVID-19 test(s) to ensure that there is no infection from the exposure. In accordance with VDH guidance, you have the option of taking a PCR or LAMP test at least five days after the exposure or, no earlier than four days after the exposure, you may take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer). If the day five PCR or LAMP test or the day four and day five antigen tests taken at least 24 hours apart are negative, then you are negative for COVID-19. However, if you have symptoms you must wear a well-fitted mask, and practice good hand hygiene to avoid spreading illness.
  • Those who develop new or different symptoms after receiving a day five negative PCR or LAMP test or two negative antigen tests taken on days four and five as described above must continue to stay home, notify Human Resources and their supervisor and follow the instructions above for symptomatic employees who are not a known close contact of someone who has COVID-19.  
  • Employees who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days after a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 must stay home, self-isolate, notify their supervisor, and take an antigen test rather than a PCR or LAMP test as soon as possible (PCR and LAMP tests can remain positive for up to 90 days following an infection). If the antigen test is negative and they are up to date on their vaccines, no further testing is necessary. If they are not up to date on their vaccines then, no earlier than day four after the exposure, they must also take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer).
  • If you receive a positive antigen, PCR or LAMP test result at any time then you are considered to be positive for COVID-19. You must stay home, self-isolate for at least five days, report positive results through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool and follow the Instructions for Employees who Test positive for COVID-19, Regardless of Vaccination Status. You may not return to campus until you have completed the isolation period and met the other criteria for release from isolation.