Quarantine & Isolation Guidance

Quarantine is used when a person has been exposed to an illness and needs to separate from other people in order to see if they develop symptoms and become sick. Isolation is the term used when someone has symptoms or is confirmed to have an illness.


If you learn that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, please follow Massachusetts Department of Public Health quarantine guidelines based on your vaccination and symptom status. Close contacts are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test.


If you test positive for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), your result will be released immediately in your Occupational Health Connect Portal  to inform you that you need to isolate as soon as possible.

If you test positive, you must isolate for at least 5 days following Massachusetts Department of Public Health isolation guidelines. Isolation length is dependent on your test date, symptoms and your ability to wear a mask. You are required to isolate for at least 5 days from your onset of symptoms or your positive test date (if you do not have symptoms). If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your home and end your isolation. You must continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If you continue to have significant or worsening symptoms after 5 days, you must continue to isolate until your symptoms are improving and you are fever-free for 24 hours. If you have questions regarding your isolation timeline, please call the Occupational Health Center at 617-353-6630.

We ask that you inform your close contacts that they were exposed to COVID-19. Please advise them that getting a test (3-5 days after exposure) and careful symptom monitoring are recommended for all close contacts.

You must inform your supervisor or manager as soon as possible that you are unable to come into work. We understand the stress this situation may be causing you. Our team, and others across campus, are here to support you. 

Note:  If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you should not be tested within 90 days of their positive test.


Healthcare Providers – Please Note:

If you are a fully vaccinated healthcare provider and regularly provide in-person patient care, please check with your healthcare facility for return-to-work guidelines. If required, please take an at home antigen test after day 5. If you are unable to obtain an antigen test, please schedule a test after day 5 of your isolation. If the antigen test is negative and you are feeling better, you can return to in-person patient care. For more information, please visit:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-public-health-guidance-and-directives#health-care-professionals-