The following situations constitute testing positive for COVID-19:

         -Having symptoms of COVID-19 and a positive antigen test 

         -A positive PCR or LAMP test, with or without symptoms.

Reporting COVID-19 Test Results

Students must report their positive COVID-19 antigen, PCR or LAMP results through the Student COVID-19 Test Result form. This form helps the College track all positive results and is an important tool for assessing and responding to students’ individual needs. Even if a student receives a positive result from a PCR test administered through the College, they should submit the form in order to receive tailored instructions based on the type of test they took, their living situation, and current symptoms.

Isolation Period Requirements 

In accordance with CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidance, isolation, in-room recovery, or recovery at home or another off-campus location will normally last five full days, ending on the morning of the sixth day (Day 0 is either the first day that an individual experiences COVID-19 symptoms OR, if asymptomatic, the date of an individual’s positive COVID-19 test result).  However, some individuals may require additional time for recovery, depending on the course of their symptoms.

During the isolation period, students must remain their room with the door closed at all times except to engage in personal hygiene activities in the bathroom, pick up meals, or seek medical attention. They must be double masked when they leave their room to use the bathroom (or pick up a meal), except when showering or brushing their teeth, and they must maintain physical distance from others to the greatest extent possible.

Students must remain in isolation, in-room recovery, or recovery at another location, as applicable, until they meet the criteria below.

  • Five full days have passed (Day 6) since their COVID-19 symptoms first appeared (or since the day they took the COVID-19 test that came back positive if they are without symptoms), and:
    • They never had symptoms or their symptoms have improved and they feel better.
    • They have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fever.
  • It is recommended (but not required) that students have a negative antigen test prior to ending room recovery.
  • Students must wear a well-fitted mask at all times when with others inside and outside through Day 10, even if they have tested negative on antigen test(s).

Identify and Notify Close Contacts

Please help us keep our community members safe by identifying and notifying individuals with whom you have been in close contact during your infectious period. “Close contact means being within 6 feet, for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, of someone with COVID-19 while they are contagious. You can be contagious two days before your symptoms began and until you are recovered. For people who haven’t had symptoms, you may be contagious two days before you have a positive test.” The 15 minutes may not be consecutive over the 24-hour period. Please reach out to your close contacts to notify them of the potential exposure.  More information for close contact procedures can be found here: Instructions for Those Exposed, Symptomatic, or Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19.

Resources While in Room Recovery

Most campus resources remain available remotely during this time.

  • If you are feeling unwell and would like to consult with a medical provider, contact Health Services at 802-443-3290 during business hours or MiddTelehealth 24/7.  
  • You may find these tips from Middlebury Health and Wellness for managing COVID-19 isolation helpful.