WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO QUARANTINE OR ISOLATE?

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states individuals* — regardless of vaccination status — no longer need to quarantine following a close contact exposure but should self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Those who experience exposure from contact in their living environment should wear a mask when around others for 10 days AND get tested 3-7 days after exposure or if symptoms develop. Others should consider wearing a mask for 10 days, at a minimum, in settings with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.

 

*Individuals who work in health care settings must still follow health care guidance per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michigan Medicine workforce members can follow guidance outlined here.

HOW DO I ISOLATE?

Click here for information on how to count your isolation dates.

 

Students:

  • Isolate at least 5 days from your test date as long as you remain without symptoms or symptoms are resolving AND wear a tight-fitting mask when around others following your isolation period to minimize the risk of infecting others.
  • Continue to isolate for a full 10 days if symptoms are not improving.
  • Alert who you have been in recent contact with of your positive COVID-19 results.

Please review this isolation living arrangement checklist.

 

Campus employees, stay home:

  • at least 5 days from your test date if asymptomatic (no symptoms) or symptom onset if symptomatic and symptoms are resolving. You must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.
  • Wear a tight-fitting mask when around others for at least 5 days following your isolation period to minimize the risk of infecting others.
  • Continue to isolate for a full 10 days if symptoms are not improving.
  • Alert who you have been in recent contact with of your positive COVID-19 results.

Per CDC guidance for health care personnel, employees at Michigan Medicine, stay home:

  • at least 5 days from symptom onset, or test date if asymptomatic AND
  • at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have improved.
  • a negative home antigen test is required prior to returning to work after 5 days. For additional information, click here.

HOW DO I SELF-MONITOR FOLLOWING A CLOSE CONTACT EXPOSURE?

Updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states individuals — regardless of vaccination status — should self-monitor for symptoms following their close contact exposure. Those who experience exposure from contact in their living environment should wear a mask when around others for 10 days AND get tested 3-7 days after exposure or if symptoms develop. Additional details are available at MDHHS. If symptoms develop, individuals should isolate and seek testing immediately.

Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day.

The university provides testing for students or employees.

Click here for additional information on how to get a test.