COVID-19 Protocol Based on Testing, Reported Symptoms, and/or Exposure

Faculty, staff, and students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result are REQUIRED to report their positive case through the daily symptom checker. 
 

Immediate self-isolation* until the below criteria are met:

  • 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and
  • 24 hours have passed without fever (without the use of fever reducing medications) and
  • Symptoms have improved

If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Students who need to quarantine should contact each faculty member for each class and let them know you are in temporary quarantine status and they should provide the course work to you so that you do not fall behind.

Immediate self-isolation* until at least 10 days have passed since the date the test was administered

Self-monitor for symptom development, check temperature (subjective or measured) twice daily, and keep a log of the results; contact your healthcare provider with new or worsening symptoms

If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Students who need to quarantine should contact each faculty member for each class and let them know you are in temporary quarantine status and they should provide the course work to you so that you do not fall behind.

Immediate quarantine** for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19, unless you have clinically recovered from COVID-19, and it is within 3 months of symptom onset of your most recent illness

Self-monitor for symptom development, check temperature (subjective or measured) twice daily, and keep a log of the results; contact your healthcare provider with new or worsening symptoms.

If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Students who need to quarantine should contact each faculty member for each class and let them know you are in temporary quarantine status and they should provide the course work to you so that you do not fall behind.

Should you be tested for COVID-19:

  • If you test negative, you should still quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19 since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • If you test positive, please refer to the first 2 columns based on your symptoms.

CDC defines Close Contact as:

Individual who has had close contact (<6 feet) for ≥ 15 minutes with some one that meets the following criteria:

  • Person with COVID-19 who has symptoms (in the period from 2 days before symptom onset until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation; can be laboratory- confirmed or a clinically compatible illness)
  • Person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (laboratory confirmed) but has not had any symptoms (in the 2 days before the date of specimen collection until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation).

For more information, view the CDC fact sheet Quarantine If You Might Be Sick.


 

*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

Frequently Asked Questions

Close Contact Includes:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19. 
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them). 
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you. 

Examples:

Close contact: riding in a car
Not close contact: a virtual zoom meeting

Close contact: shaking hands
Not close contact: air high fives from six feet + apart

All faculty, staff, and students are required to report if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

You are required to quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with the positive case of COVID-19, regardless of a negative test result.

LSU will not release the name or personal information of a COVID-19 positive case or close contact.

If you got tested for COVID-19 because you felt sick, were experiencing sick symptoms, or were a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you should immediately self-isolate until you receive test results. Please follow the above guidance in the table based on your test results.

You should quarantine for 14 days from the date of last close contact with the positive case. You can find additional information about this scenario, here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.

Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine. You will need to continue to quarantine until 14 days from your last close contact with the positive case. You can find additional information about this scenario, here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.

 

You should quarantine for 14 days after the person who has tested positive for COVID-19 meets the criteria to end home isolation (see the table above for the appropriate guidance based on symptoms). You can find additional information about this scenario, here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.

No, a negative test result is not required to return to campus. You should follow the guidelines in the table above to determine when you can return to campus.

In order to be considered clincally recovered, you must have had a positive COVID-19 viral test result in the past 3 months. 

If at any point during the semester a student needs to quarantine, they should contact each faculty member for each class and let them know they are in temporary quarantine status and the faculty member should provide the coursework so that the student does not fall behind.

Please contact the LSU Office of Human Resource Management for information or questions about LSU’s leave policies. LSU leave guidelines can be found at https://www.lsu.edu/hrm/pdfs/remote_work_directions_leave.pdf.

If you have tested positive and are experiencing symptoms that affect your duties and tasks, you may be eligible for paid sick leave under FFCRA. LSU leave guidelines can be found at https://www.lsu.edu/hrm/pdfs/remote_work_directions_leave.pdf. Please contact the LSU Office of Human Resource Management if you have questions.