Student Return Campus Guide

Confirmed Positive

Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use. Do not leave under any circumstance except to seek medical care. Do not invite others into your room. Monitor symptoms. Telehealth visits at University Health Services are available at uhs.fsu.edu/telehealth or call 850-644-4567.

  • If you have on-campus housing, you will be moved into isolation at Rogers Hall or another site until cleared from isolation. You may be asked to share a room.
  • Off-site housing – you may isolate in your own apartment or home.

Return to Campus

You will be notified by FDOH when you are cleared to return to campus activities according to CDC guidelines.

  • If you remain without symptoms during the entire 10 days (asymptomatic):
    • 10 days from date of positive test result
  • If you develop symptoms (symptomatic):
    • Minimum 10 days from date of positive test results AND resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND improvement in symptoms for 24 hours

Exception

In the rare cases when people become severely ill and require hospitalization or have immunosuppression, it may be necessary to isolate for 20 days or longer. These are to be decided with close consultation of your treating physician.


Presumptive Positive

Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use. Do not leave under any circumstance except to seek medical care. Monitor symptoms. Telehealth visits at University Health Services are available at uhs.fsu.edu/telehealth or call 850-644-4567.

Presumptive positive results are complicated and each case is considered on the basis of many complex factors. You need to discuss your case with a designated FSU clinician to determine best options for your case.

Return to Campus

You will be notified by UHS when you are cleared to return to campus activities.


Close Contact

Quarantine immediately. Quarantine means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use.

What counts as close contact?

According to the CDC, for those who have not tested positive in the past 3 months, close contact is defined as:

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

What if a close contact develops symptoms?

The SAFER office can only make referrals.

  • If you feel this is urgent, you should call ahead to an emergency room to let them know that you are on the way and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms. By calling ahead, they will wear the appropriate personal protective equipment in case you have developed COVID-19.
  • If you do not feel it is urgent, you may schedule a telehealth appointment with UHS by calling (850) 644-4567 during operating hours 8am-4pm Monday through Friday.

What can I do during quarantine?

If waiting for test results or have been deemed a close contact, you should:

  • Always wear your face covering when you are outside of your room.
  • Frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • You can leave your room for essential activities such as getting food, medication or necessary supplies, but must keep your contact with others limited to less than 15 minutes and at least 6 feet apart.
  • Do nothing that puts you within 6 feet of anyone for 15 minutes or more.

Return to Campus

You will be notified by FDOH when you are cleared to return to campus activities according to CDC guidelines.

  • If no symptoms develop (asymptomatic):
    • Maintain quarantine for 14 days from date of last exposure
    • PCR test recommended day 6-8.
      • If negative test: Continue quarantine until 14 days are completed, as COVID-19 could still develop.
      • If positive test: Begin 10 days of isolation. Begin positive case monitoring and return to campus protocol.
  • If symptoms develop at any time in the 14 days:
    • Test recommended immediately due to symptoms.
      • If negative test: Continue quarantine until 14 days are completed, as COVID-19 could still develop.
      • If positive test: Begin 10 days of isolation. Begin positive case monitoring and return to campus protocol.

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