If Testing Positive: Quarantine and Isolate

Fully-vaccinated people are not asked to quarantine if they are exposed to a COVID-positive person. Follow the CDC's protocol for quarantine and isolation if you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed.

Sindecuse Health Center is no longer collecting vaccination information for COVID-19 for verification within the University. The center will continue to offer vaccinations of both the primary series and, when a student is eligible, the booster dose. Those seeking vaccination can make an appointment by calling Sindecuse at (269) 387-3287. In addition, Sindecuse will also continue to offer COVID-19 testing to faculty, staff and students by appointment with a health center provider. All health center appointments in the primary care and sports medicine departments are offered in person.  

If You Are Ill or Test Positive 

If you develop symptoms, we strongly encourage you to wear a close-fitting mask and get tested. WMU is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for isolation and quarantine. Health center staff members do not provide notification to the dean of students or registrar for release from classes for positive tests.  

If you test positive outside of the health center, you should follow CDC guidelines for isolation and notify close contacts of their exposure. There is no need to notify the health center about your positive test. Close contacts should follow the CDC recommendations for quarantine and test for COVID-19 as needed. Testing is available through Sindecuse with a provider appointment.  

Students should communicate directly with their instructors about their positive test result and the need for isolation.

Visit the Residence Life and Dining Services web pages for guidance if you test positive and live on campus or if you have a dining plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

I live on campus. Who should I hear from about my test result?
After you test positive at Sindecuse Health Center or are identified as a close contact of a person with a positive COVID test:

  • The health center attempts to contact you the same day by telephone. Staff leave a message with instructions to call back. Sometimes they are not able to: the phone number we have may be wrong, your voicemail box might be full.
  • Sindecuse staff issue a letter to you in the patient portal that day with quarantine or isolation instructions.

I took a COVID test off-campus, and the results were positive. What happens next?
You have responsibilities as a member of the campus community:

  • Stay home during quarantine and isolation. Follow the current CDC isolation and quarantine protocols.
  • Notify Residence Life staff if you live on campus. They will give you further instructions.
  • Notify your instructors of your positive result.