First published on 
10/14/2021 - 09:00

 

The COVID-19 Public Health Requirements and Guidance Flowchart (PDF) informs University personnel and students when to report COVID-19 illness and close contact exposure, when to get tested for COVID-19, and when to stay home.

Log of changes:

  • Updated link for more information about re-testing in Scenario 1 on 2/25/22.
  • On 2/25/22, added in Scenario 2 for individuals who were exposed but are experiencing no symptoms: "If you tested positive in the past 90 days, the only additional action is to monitor symptoms through day 10. If symptoms develop, follow instructions in Scenario 2 for symptom development."
  • Clarified additional precautions and re-testing in Scenario 1 on 2/2/22.
  • Updated process and link for reporting positive test results on 2/2/22.
  • Revised footnotes on 2/2/22.
  • Revised instructions for sending exposure notifications via WA Notify on 2/2/22.
  • Updated guidance for individuals who have ongoing exposure on 2/2/22.
  • Clarified quarantine and testing requirements for Scenario 2 on 1/12/22.
  • Updated quarantine and isolation requirements in Scenario 1 and 2 on 1/7/22 to align with CDC guidance.
  • Updated testing requirements for non-fully vaccinated individuals in Scenario 2 on 10/25/21 to align with updated CDC guidance.
  • On 10/18/21, updated the timing of testing for an asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals who were exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual (Scenario 2) to 5-7 days based on updated CDC guidance.

The text-only version of the flowchart appears below.

COVID-19 Public Health Requirements and Guidance Flowchart: text-only (updated 2/25/22)

UW Medicine medical facility personnel follow UW Medicine protocols.

SCENARIO 1: You tested positive for COVID-19.

Regardless of your vaccination status and regardless of whether or not you have symptoms.

STAY HOME AND SELF-ISOLATE.

Do not go to work or class for 5 days since your symptoms started, or 5 days since your test date if you do not have symptoms, or as instructed by a contact tracer. Follow CDC isolation procedures.

Submit a COVID-19 Case Intake Form if you tested outside the Husky Coronavirus voluntary research study.

SEND AN EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION VIA WA NOTIFY.

Go to Exposure Notifications on your mobile device to request a pin and issue an anonymous notification to inform others around you of their exposure.

COMPLETE THE ELECTRONIC SURVEY.

The COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team will send you a link to a health survey prior to the end of your isolation period.

Did your symptoms improve after 5 days of isolation?

  • YES: End isolation after day 5 if you fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. Students in residence halls follow additional requirements communicated by the contact tracer. 
  • NO: Remain in isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. Contact covidehc@uw.edu with questions.

FOLLOW ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS THROUGH DAY 10.

Wear a well-fitting surgical mask or KF94/KN95/N95 for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Avoid travel; Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask. Follow additional CDC precautions. For guidance about re-testing, visit the University's Quarantine and isolatoin Guidance webpage.

SCENARIO 2: You were in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

You up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination and booster doses (and/or you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days) and you have no symptoms.

  • You do not need to stay home. You can return to work and/or class.
  • Wear a well-fitting, surgical mask or KF94/KN95/N95 when around others at home and in public for 10 days.
  •  If you tested positive in the past 90 days, the only additional action is to monitor symptoms through day 10. If symptoms develop, follow instructions in Scenario 2 for symptom development.
  • Get tested at least 5 days after exposure.or immediately if you are unsure when you were exposed. 
    • Positive: Follow Scenario 1.
    • Negative: Watch for symptoms and wear a mask around others outside of your household for 10 days since your last exposure. If you develop symptoms, follow instructions for vaccinated close contacts with symptoms in Scenario 2.

Will you have ongoing close contact (e.g., household member has COVID-19)?

You are current on COVID-19 vaccination and booster doses (and/or you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days) and you have symptoms.

  • Stay home and self-isolate. Do not go to work and/or class.
  • Wear a well-fitting, surgical mask or KF94/KN95/N95 when around others at home and in public.

  • Get tested immediately.

    • Positive: Follow Scenario 1

    • If the test result is negative, you can return to work and/or class if all of the following apply to you:

1. Your symptoms are mild; and

2. Your symptoms have improved; and

3. You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. If your symptoms are severe or getting worse, stay home and consult a health care provider.

Will you have ongoing close contact (e.g., household member has COVID-19)?

You are not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination and booster doses and you have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

  • Stay home and quarantine.

  • Do not go to work or class for 5 days since your last exposure or as instructed by the contact tracer. Wear a well-fitting surgical mask or KF94/KN95/N95 when around others at home and in public and watch for symptoms for 10 days. 

  • Get tested at least 5 days after your exposure or immediately if you are unsure when you were exposed. 

    • Positive: Follow Scenario 1.

    • Negative: You can leave home after day 5 if you have no symptoms. Wear a well-fitting, surgical mask or KF94/KN95/N95 when around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (through day 10).

      Follow CDC guidance and contact covidehc@uw.edu if you have questions.Contact covidehc@uw.edu and CDC website for guidance if you have ongoing exposure (e.g., household member has COVID-19).

Did symptoms develop during quarantine?

  • YES: Notify covidehc@uw.edu and get tested immediately. Stay home for 5 days from symptom onset or as directed by a contact tracer.
  • NO: You can return to work or class when you have completed quarantine.

SCENARIO 3: You have a symptom(s) of COVID-19 but no known exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual.

  • Stay home and self-isolate. Do not go to work and/or class, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Get tested immediately.

If the test result is positive, follow Scenario 1.

If the test result is negative, stay home until symptoms have improved and you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. If symptoms worsen, get tested again and contact your health care provider.

Footnotes:

Questions, contact covidehc@uw.edu or 206.616.3344 to reach the COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team in the UW Environmental Health & Safety Department. Email is preferred.

Get tested immediately if you were notified of exposure by WA Notify, do not know when your exposure occurred or are unsure or concerned you may have been exposed.

Immunocompromised person should talk to their health-care provider about duration of isolation.

Additional requirements are followed by students in residence halls and athletics programs.

Read the University's Quarantine and Isolation Guidance.

 

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