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Potential Exposure to Coronavirus

Community exposure that could necessitate self-quarantine include the following:

  • You have had “close contact” with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, and with respect to that person:
    • You were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period
    • You provided them care at home
    • You had direct physical contact (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
  • You have returned from international travel and have NOT been fully vaccinated, you should:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
      • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
    • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.

If you have had potential exposure to COVID-19, you should:

For information regarding staff temporary remote work guidelines due to a solely COVID-19 related reason, visit the UH Human Resources website

Note: None of the above actions are necessary if one of the following apply:

  • You are up-to-date with vaccination
  • You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test).

However, in such an event, CDC guidance recommends that you:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If at any time your COVID-19 test result is positive, you must follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 Diagnosis.

Returning to Campus

See Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation for when the self-quarantine/isolation will end and what is required before the UH community member is allowed to return to work/class/activities on campus.

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