Isolation

Isolation Timeline
If you test positive for COVID-19 on either a rapid antigen or PCR test, you must isolate for at least 5 days following Massachusetts Department of Public Health isolation guidelines. Isolation length is dependent on your test date and symptoms. 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 (including in the household) for 5 additional days. You may remove your mask prior to day 11, if you have two negative tests taken 48 hours apart. 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. After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms return or worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. If you have questions regarding your isolation timeline, please contact SHS.  

If you work in person, you will need to inform your supervisor or manager that you are unable to work in person.  If you are a healthcare provider and regularly provide in-person patient care, please check with your healthcare facility for return-to-work guidelines. View the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance for health care professionals.

Isolation Location
Isolation means staying away from others as much as possible. We strongly encourage students who are able to return to their permanent residence by a private car and safely isolate at home if possible. If unable to return to their permanent residence, students who reside on and off campus will be expected to isolate-in-place at their academic residence and should only leave for food and medical appointments. If you live with a roommate, we encourage you and your roommate to wear masks while awake. 

Close Contacts
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.  

Managing Symptoms
If you test positive for COVID-19, it is likely you will experience symptoms during your infection. Symptoms may include fatigue, fever, body aches, nasal congestion, sore throat, or cough. Please remember to rest and drink plenty of fluids throughout isolation. For fever or sore throat, take ibuprofen 600mg every 6 hours with food or Tylenol 500mg (if not allergic) every 4 hours. Taking hot showers and drinking hot fluids can also help with congestion. 

If you experience any of the following, please call 24/7 Student Health Services at 617-353-3575: difficulty breathing or wheezing, persistent chest pain, or significant dizziness. If you are taking immunosuppressive medications, please call your specialist to discuss evaluation and treatment options. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call BUPD at 617-353-2121 (on campus) or 911 (off campus). 

Academics
If you are temporarily unable to attend class, you should inform your professors. Students should reach out to their academic advisor for additional academic support during their COVID-19 infection.

Meals
If you do not have a meal plan and are isolating-in-place, you are permitted to leave your residence to pick up food (or medications) and are encouraged to use delivery options when possible.

If you have a meal plan, you will have access to on-campus GrubHub Campus Dining at retail dining locations on campus, including the GSU Food Hall, for food ordering and pick-up (no delivery is available). Rhetty To Go is available for pick up at an open residential dining location. In addition to the Rhetty To Go menu options, students on a meal plan, and only if you are self-isolating, will be able to select a meal of the day from the dining hall menu (for take-out only).  

Additional Resources
Have a problem or concern that you’re not sure who to talk to about? Undergraduates may contact the University Service Center to learn about their resources. International students can connect with the International Students & Scholars Office for on-call advising, help with travel plans, or other concerns.