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Quarantine & Isolation

In accordance with updated quarantine and isolation guidance recommended by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health, SUNY Oswego will operate this spring with shortened quarantine and isolation protocols in place.

[Guidance updated Feb. 12, 2022]

Quarantine

If you are exposed (contact less than 6 feet for greater than 15 mins in 24 hours) to someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. This includes students who are not vaccinated and have approved medical/religious exemptions.


Who does Not Have to Quarantine:  If you are (a) fully vaccinated, have had a booster and it is 2 weeks past your booster, or (b) are not eligible for a booster dose yet, or (c) have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, you do not need to quarantine as long as you are asymptomatic.  You should:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times for 10 days. 
  • Get tested 5 days after exposure; if you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate yourself from other people and follow recommendations in the Isolation section below. 


Who Has to Quarantine:  If you are not vaccinated or it is greater than five (5) months since your COVID-19 vaccine and you have not received a booster, then you must quarantine “in place” for 5 days. 

If you have not been exposed but are exhibiting COVID symptoms and are tested, you need to quarantine until results are back and you are cleared by a healthcare professional.  

  • Students quarantining in place must have their masks on at all times while in their room except to eat, sleep and shower.  Students are prohibited from leaving their rooms except to get food (“grab and go” meals) and use the restroom. They may not eat in dining halls nor attend in-person classes.
    • Grab and Go: For residential students with a meal plan who are quarantining in place, Dining Services will provide "grab and go" meal options [Lunch: 10 am to noon / Dinner: 3 pm to 5 pm] that can be picked up at either of two locations:  Cooper Dining tunnel (across from the Fitness Center) or Littlepage Dining entrance vestibule (south side on the upper level, across from the Oneida Hall basketball courts).  Students may pick up multiple meals at one time.  Options are provided based on the resources that students have in their rooms to maintain safe food handling while quarantining in place
       
  • If you develop symptoms during quarantine, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow the recommendations in the Isolation section below. 
  • If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least five (5) days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    • If you test negative, you can leave your room/residence, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others for five (5) additional days, and continue to use Grab and Go for days 6-10. If you test positive, you should isolate (follow recommendations in the Isolation section below). 


Release from quarantine:  Complete this form if you had close contact with an individual infected with COVID-19, and have met criteria for release from quarantine. Upon completion, you will receive a document that may be used as if it was a Release from Quarantine Order issued by the Oswego Commissioner of Public Health.  If you have not notified Health Services of your quarantine, please upload this form, when completed, to the Medicat Patient Portal.

Isolation

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

  • Isolate for five (5) days, where day zero (0) is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive specimen (positive test).
     
    • Students who test positive (asymptomatic and symptomatic) will move to isolation quarters in Oneida Hall for five (5) days.
      • For those individuals isolating in Oneida Hall, meal deliveries will be coordinated by Oswego's Catering Department.  Students who have dietary needs, a registered dietician is available to assist you.  If interested, register here
         
    • At the end of five (5) days of isolation in Oneida Hall, if an individual is asymptomatic or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and the student will return to their regular room for days 6-10. Students may return to class but must continue to wear their masks at all times, including while in their room except to eat, sleep and shower. Individuals must also use Grab and Go dining for days 6-10.

      • Grab and Go: Dining Services will provide "grab and go" meal options [Lunch: 10 am to noon / Dinner: 3 pm to 5 pm] that can be picked up at either of two locations:  Cooper Dining tunnel (across from the Fitness Center) or Littlepage Dining entrance vestibule (south side on the upper level, across from the Oneida Hall basketball courts).  Students may pick up multiple meals at one time.  Options are provided based on the resources that students have in their rooms to maintain safe food handling while isolating in place
         
  • If the individual is still symptomatic after 5 days of isolation (e.g., if experiencing a fever or other symptoms have not improved), isolation will be extended to 10 days in Oneida Hall.  Individuals will continue to isolate as needed medically and until symptoms have resolved, and must continue to wear a well-fitting mask at all times except to eat, sleep and shower.
  • If symptoms develop in an asymptomatic person, the 5-day isolation period starts over again with the date of symptoms as day 0.  
  • Testing to end isolation is not required. 
  • Individuals who are moderately-severely immunocompromised should continue to follow standard (10 days) Isolation Guidance.
  • Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after 5-day isolation should also follow standard (10 days) Isolation Guidance.


Self-Reporting: Students who test positive with an at home test can upload their test results (containing name, date of birth, time and date of test, and SUNY Oswego ID) to the Medicat Patient Portal through Health Services or they can complete the positive COVID self test attestation form through the Oswego County Health Department.

Release from isolation: Complete this form if you  were infected with COVID-19 (even if you did not have symptoms) and have met criteria for release from isolation. Upon completion, you will receive a document that may be used as if it was a Release From Isolation Order issued by the Oswego County Commissioner of Public Health.  If you have not notified Health Services of your positive result please upload this form, when completed, to the Medicat Patient Portal.

If you need an isolation affirmation form and have not received one please complete this self-attestation form.

For more information, view New York State’s Approach to Isolation and Quarantine and the latest CDC guidance on Quarantine and Isolation

Questions?  Email [email protected] if you have any questions or seek additional information.