Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

Updated March 28, 2022 at 2:14 p.m.

Please help limit the spread of COVID-19 by following the guidance in the UW’s COVID-19 Public Health Requirements and Guidance Flowchart, which is described below.

UW Medicine medical facility personnel (including trainees/students) follow UW Medicine protocols.

If you tested positive for COVID-19:

  1. Stay home, regardless of your vaccination status even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms.
  2. Notify the COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team if your positive test result was not provided by the Husky Coronavirus Testing (HCT) voluntary research study.
  3. Wear a well-fitting surgical mask or KF94/KN95/N95.
  4. Follow the instructions provided by the contact tracer and detailed below.

If you were close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19:

Stay home if you are not current on the CDC recommended vaccination and booster doses. even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms.

If you are not current on the CDC recommended vaccination and booster doses but have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days and are currently asymptomatic, you do not need to stay home.

Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms, regardless of your vaccination status.

  1. Wear well-fitting surgical mask or KF94/KN95/N95 for 10 days.
  2. Get tested at least 5 days after exposure if you aren’t experiencing symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, get tested immediately.
  3. Watch for symptoms for 10 days.
  4. Follow the guidance detailed below.

Notify covidehc@uw.edu if your exposure was potentially related to workplace or campus activities and you have not already been contacted by the University.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 but no known exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual:

  1. Stay home, regardless of your vaccination status.
  2. Get tested immediately.
  3. Remain at home until you receive a negative test result and your symptoms improve.

Follow the guidance detailed below and in the COVID-19 Public Health Requirements and Guidance Flowchart.

    Frequently asked questions

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    Questions?

    Review the COVID-19 Public Health Requirements and Guidance Flowchart for information on when to report COVID-19 illness and close contact exposure, when to get tested for COVID-19, and when to stay home.

    Contact the COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team at covidehc@uw.edu or 206.616.3344.

    UW medical center personnel may contact their employee health services.