Have symptoms or been exposed to COVID-19?


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How long should I isolate/quarantine?

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends a time-based return strategy that is determined based on a person’s health status.



Note: A person who has clinically recovered from COVID-19 and is then identified as a contact of a new case within 3 months of symptom onset or first positive test of their most recent illness does not need to quarantine.  However, if a person is identified as a contact of a new case 3 months or more after symptom onset or first positive test, they should follow the quarantine guidelines above.

Read the guidance from DPH regarding isolation and quarantine.

What is “Close Contact”?

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you need to know how to proceed. The key in understanding when to isolate or quarantine is defining what “close contact” means as it relates to exposure. If a person has had CLOSE CONTACT with someone who has tested positive for COVID, then the person should quarantine and not come to campus.

What counts as close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 according to the CDC?

  • For a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period, you were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19
  • 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
  • The person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual must have occurred during the time frame of 2 days prior to the individual’s symptom onset and beyond.

COVID-19 Exposure Scenarios