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.
Employees who test positive must stay home, self-isolate in accordance with the instructions below and contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance. They also should follow CDC guidance regarding symptoms and must notify Human Resources and their supervisor.
Report Positive Test Results
Employees, whether they work on campus or remotely, or their managers should report any positive test results through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool. This form will allow Human Resources to quickly provide employees with the latest guidance and limit possible transmission of COVID-19 on campus. Employees should use the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool to notify Human Resources of any close or low-risk campus contacts. Employees should also continue to contact their supervisor or manager directly with this information.
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.
Isolation Period Requirements
In accordance with CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidance, employees must stay home and isolate for 5 full days, ending on Day 6 (Day 0 being the date someone took the test that came back positive or when symptoms began, whichever occurs first). However, some individuals may require additional time for recovery, depending on the course of their symptoms. Employees must remain in isolation and may not return to campus until they meet the criteria below:
- 5 days have passed (Day 6) since their COVID-19 symptoms first appeared (or since they took the test that came back positive for COVID-19 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 fevers.
- Employees 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).
- Employees should select break areas away from others through Day 10.
- It is recommended that, for 10 days, employees do not travel and/or visit restaurants or other places where masking is not feasible.
- Medical clearance by a healthcare provider to return to campus is not required; however, employees are encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider for individualized health guidance.
- CDC guidance on antigen testing states: If an individual has access to a test and wants to test, the best approach is to use an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period. Collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation). If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10. If your test result is negative, you can end isolation, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10. Follow additional recommendations for masking and restricting travel as described above.