If Asked to Quarantine, Isolate

Fully-vaccinated people are not asked to quarantine if they are exposed to a COVID-positive person. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or 14 days after you have received a single-dose vaccine (J&J). Persons who have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days are also not asked to quarantine after exposure.

If you are asked to quarantine or isolate, please review the documents below:

WMU Community Quarantine, Isolation Measures if tested at Sindecuse Health Center (Sept. 27, 2021)

WMU Community Quarantine, Isolation Measures if tested off-campus (Oct. 20, 2020)

COVID Emotional Wellbeing Handout

Whether you are tested on- or off-campus, or identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive, the health center and campus partners take specific actions. You have certain responsibilities to the campus community. Download the "What Happens if you Test On- or Off-campus" PDF to see a graphic representation of the documents above, showing where responsibility (including the student's) rests in each situation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I hear from about my test result and why have I been contacted by the Residence Life COVID response team first?
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 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, and notify campus partners:  
    • Res. Life administrators if you live on-campus
    • The Dean’s Office
  • When Res. Life staff receives notification, they start by contacting you. Sometimes, the COVID team at Res. Life is the first contact you’ll have if the first two steps did not reach you.
  • Sindecuse and Res. Life staff work together to be sure that even if students cannot be reached during health center business hours they have access to appropriate housing and meals that same day.

Why do I have to move?
The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department has asked WMU to take precautions to protect the health of the community.

  • Students who are COVID-19 positive and some close contacts must move to isolation housing to mitigate risk to others on campus.
  • Close contacts who must move include those that have roommates who were not identified as a close contact of that COVID-19 positive individual.

I took a COVID test off-campus, and the results were positive. What happens next?
You may be contacted by a county health department official in the county where you were tested. They may give you quarantine or isolation instructions and dates in a letter. You have responsibilities as a member of the campus community:

  • Stay home during quarantine and isolation. Do not return to campus if you are away.
  • Notify Res. Life staff if you live on campus. They will give you further instructions.
  • Notify your instructors of your positive result. You may have been given documentation provided by a medical provider or lab that performed testing.
  • You should notify the health center about your positive test by sending a secure message through the patient portal to the nursing desk.

How does contact tracing work?
Sindecuse calls all positive individuals tested on campus to determine their close contacts. Contact tracing is necessary to mitigate spread of COVID-19. Close contacts called that same day are asked to set up a telehealth appointment and then be tested. The success of this effort depends on the quality of information health center staff are given.  Please cooperate to the fullest extent for the good of the campus community.

Why am I being asked to quarantine for longer than my friend who tested positive?

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set the length of quarantine and isolation. Anyone who tests positive for COVID is asked to start a ten-day isolation period from onset of symptoms or date of a positive test.
  • Anyone exposed with close contact to a confirmed COVID case, but not testing positive is asked to quarantine for 14 days from the date of contact. Those individuals are allowed to return to activities after day 14, but should remain vigilant for symptoms of COVID up to 14 days after contact (updated Sept. 27, 2021).