Quarantine & Isolation
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to novel coronavirus (and are asymptomatic) or have tested positive you must quarantine or isolate. Both the CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) continue to recommend a full 14-day quarantine as the most effective way to reduce disease spread.
Separates sick people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result to prevent
the spread of the contagious disease.
Quarantine and Isolation Procedures
The CDC and CDPHE have established quarantine and isolation guidelines to assist in reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). UNC is following all CDC and CDPHE guidelines for exposure and confirmed positive cases.
Exposure occurs when people have a close contact (outside of their household) or a household member (including roommates) who:
- Has tested positive for COVID-19
- Has COVID-19 symptoms
- Is becoming ill and thinks they may have COVID-19
Pick your population below to learn more about your quarantine and isolation procedures:
When any member of the UNC community becomes ill with COVID-19, contract tracing will begin. The Student Health Center will work with the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment to identify and communicate directly with the individual(s) who may have been in close contact with the patient and assess the significance of the exposure.
The CDC defines a close contact as "someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset, or 2 days before a test for asymptomatic individuals.” Generally, being in the same classroom as someone who tests positive for COVID-19 is not considered being in ‘close contact’ due to UNC’s efforts to provide 6’ of space between students and required mask-wearing.
Please know that if there is a need for anyone to be quarantined or tested, they will be contacted by either the Weld County Department of Health or the Student Health Center. Further instructions and information will be provided regarding UNC's quarantine, isolation, cleaning, health, safety and privacy protocols. Support services will also be offered to those directly affected.
Campus community members should fill out the “Report a Student or Employee with Symptoms” form or the “Report a Positive Test Result” form on the Health Alerts webpage if they have symptoms or a positive test result and/or have reason to believe another campus community is showing symptoms/had a positive test result for contact-tracing purposes.