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Isolation Decision Making Flow Chart

The following decision making flow chart was designed for our students to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community. 

For additional information, please review SCU's Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines and Testing Protocols.


Did your roommate test positive? 

  • If yes:
    • Put on a good (KN95, N95, KN94) mask. Ask your roommate to put one on as well. Open the windows to increase ventilation.
    • Determine if your roommate can isolate away from you.
      • If yes: 
        • Get tested 3-5 days after you last spent time with your roommate. 
        • Lay low until you get a negative test result. If you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations (i.e. boosted), you can continue to go to class and work, but limit your other activities if you can. If you have not been boosted, you should stay home until you get your negative test result.
        • Wear good masks around others until you know you are negative. 
      • If no: 
        • Consider staying somewhere else for 5 days while your roommate isolates, if possible.
        • Improve the ventilation in your room by keeping windows open, if possible.
        • Keep a mask on whenever you are around people.

Did your housemate test positive? 

  • If yes: 
    • Put on a good (KN95, N95, KN94) mask.
    • Isolate positive housemates together, away from other housemates. Open the windows. Make sure positive housemates wear good masks if they come into common spaces.
    • Deliver food to their room(s), have Netflix watch parties, but avoid close contact with them. 
    • Get tested 3 days after you last had close contact with them. Lay low until you get a negative test result. If you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations (i.e. boosted), you can continue to go to class and work, but limit your other activities if you can. If you have not been boosted, you should stay home until you get your negative test result.
    • Wear good masks around others until you know you are negative.

Did you test positive?

  • If yes:
    • Don't panic. You've got this. 
    • Please fill out this tracking and tracing survey
    • Isolate away from others to the best of your ability. 
    • Stay isolated for 5 days and then take a rapid antigen test. If it's negative, you are done with isolation. If it's positive, keep isolating until day 7. Test again on day 7. If negative, your isolation period is over. If positive, continue to isolate for the full 10 days. 
    • If you end isolation before day 10, wear a mask around others until day 10.
    • Rapid antigen tests are available from the Health Ambassadors, outside of the Learning Commons.
    • Let your friends know that you tested positive ASAP, so they can get tested too. Pick up a care package from the Health Ambassadors table. The bright side: you are protected from another COVID-19 infection for approximately three months.
    • If you are living on campus, the housing office will be in touch with you to coordinate your isolation period.

Do you have symptoms of COVID-19? Coughing, sneezing, sore throat? 

  • If yes: 
    • Put on a good (KN95, N95, KN94) mask.
    • Take a rapid antigen test about 24 hours after your symptoms began. 
    • If it's negative, no need to keep testing; just assume it's a regular cold.
    • If it's positive, follow the previously outlined steps.

Have you been exposed to someone who recently tested positive (a close friend, significant other, or someone else who breathed on you)?

  • If yes:
    • Put on a good (KN95, N95, KN94) mask.
    • Take a rapid antigen test 3 days after you last had close contact and monitor for symptoms. If you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations (i.e. boosted), you can continue to attend classes and other activities, but continue to wear a good mask around others at all times until you know you are negative.
    • If you have not been boosted, you should stay home until you get your negative test result.
    • Follow the previously outlined steps if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow the previously outlined steps If you test positive.