If you’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms and have filled out the P3 app, the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) will interview you, and you will be given instructions for what to do next.
Communicating with the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT)
Throughout your isolation/quarantine, you can contact CRT by calling 305-348-1919.
Isolation vs. quarantine
COVID-19 cases and close contacts must follow different procedures in order to return to campus.
It is important to note that every single situation is different, and the CRT and information on the P3 app provide guidance in accordance with their specific health conditions and circumstances.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must keep in contact with the CRT and can only return to campus once they have received a clearance email from the CRT.
Below are several general guidelines and important terms defined.
- A case is someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
- A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated or their infectious period ends.
Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others. It is recommended to wear a well-fitting mask when necessary to be around others. People in isolation should stay in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom if available. Everyone who has presumed or confirmed COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons). It is recommended to wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days. People who are confirmed to have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 need to isolate regardless of their vaccination status. This includes:
- People who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.
- People with symptoms of COVID-19, including people who are awaiting test results or have not been tested. People with symptoms should isolate even if they do not know if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Quarantine is when a person has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine.
- You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
- You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (meaning you tested positive using a viral test).
It is recommended to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow recommendations in the Isolation section below. If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. It is recommended to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).
Who should quarantine?
If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines. This includes people who are not vaccinated.
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Most people with COVID-19 infection will gradually improve at home. However, some get more severely ill. Please contact your medical provider or call 911 immediately if you have:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Please also call your medical provider if you experience any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.