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Isolation Procedures

SUNY Oswego is operating in accordance with guidelines from the CDC, the New York State Department of Health, and the Oswego County Health Department. 

Exposure Information

As of August 11, 2022, the CDC issued revised guidance regarding quarantine. Individuals with a known exposure to COVID no longer need to quarantine regardless of vaccination status. They should wear a mask for ten (10) days and monitor for symptoms. If feeling unwell, they should test or visit their health care provider. It is also recommended that exposed asymptomatic individuals test on day six (6). For more information, see the CDC Guidelines on Isolation


Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, through PCR/saliva, antigen, or at-home testing, must:

  • Isolate for five (5) days. Day zero (0) is the day of symptom onset. If asymptomatic, day zero (0) is the day a positive test was collected.
  • Students who test positive (asymptomatic and symptomatic) will isolate in their assigned room for five (5) days. Students in isolation should follow the Sick Tray Policy, as outlined in the Resident Student Handbook
  • At the end of five (5) days of isolation, students may return to class if their symptoms have resolved completely and they are fever free. Students must continue to wear their masks at all times through day ten (10), including while in their room except to eat, sleep and shower. 
  • After 5 days of isolation, if an individual is still symptomatic (e.g. experiencing a fever or other symptoms have not improved), isolation will continue to 10 days, longer if immunocompromised. Individuals will continue to isolate as needed medically and until symptoms have resolved. Individuals must continue to wear a well-fitting mask at all times except to eat, sleep and shower. Please reach out to Health Services with any questions on when to end isolation.
  • Students may be relocated to a temporary assignment in a residence hall, as needed, at the direction of Health Services staff.
  • If symptoms develop in an asymptomatic person, the 5-day isolation period starts over again with the date of symptoms as day zero.
  • Testing to end isolation is not required.


Students who test positive with an at home test can upload their test results to the Medicat Patient Portal. Test results must contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Time and date of test
  • SUNY Oswego ID 

Isolation Release Form

If you did not receive an isolation release form, please download and complete it below.

CDC Guidelines

New York State follows the CDC guidelines for Isolation and Precautions. 


Email us if you have any questions or need additional information about testing.