What To Do If You're a Close Contact or Exposed
While our hope is that everyone will remain healthy, we acknowledge that the likelihood of becoming sick at some point during the academic year is still elevated, whether it is a cold, flu, COVID-19, or something else. We encourage you to have conversations now with your roommate/s and family members about what to do if, and when, you or a roommate becomes ill.
If your roommate tests positive for COVID19 or you were informed that you are a close contact of someone with COVID19, you are considered exposed. Current recommendations for the exposed person are to follow heightened safety precautions and if you have no symptoms to then test on Day 6 following your exposure. If you are a closet contact, regardless of vaccination status, you must follow these instructions regarding safety precautions. Note that you can attend class as you are following the instructions regarding safety precautions.
If you develop symptoms before Day 6, the exposed person should promptly begin isolating in place and take a COVID test. If at that time you test positive, follow the protocols for COVID positive students. Taking one's own rapid antigen (at home type) COVID test is acceptable. You may also phone Health Services (413-538-2121) to schedule an appointment to get tested.