Isolation and Quarantine Protocol

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. The QR code from the daily symptom checker will be used for entrance into high traffic areas on campus. 
 

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.

Release from quarantine after 10 days, if you meet the below criteria:

  1. You must not have experienced any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 since your exposure to the positive case
  2. You must receive a negative COVID-19 test result. This test can be PCR or a rapid antigen test, and the test must take place on or after Day 10.
  3. You are required to fill out the daily symptom checker for 14 days from the date of your last close contact with a positive case

For those not wanting to meet the above criteria, you will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine period.

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.

LSU will adopt changes to the quarantine policy when updates are officially released from the CDC. 

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 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 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 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 clinically 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 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 lsu.edu/hrm/pdfs/remote_work_directions_leave.pdf. Please contact the LSU Office of Human Resource Management if you have questions.