Published October 3, 2023
We know that COVID-19 infections continue to be present in our community and we appreciate you reaching out for direction. Please know that our priority is your health. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to be able to help you navigate this. The answers to these questions come from the CDC and Jacobs Medical School.
Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection).
If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.
The first day of symptoms is day 0 and you should stay in isolation through day 5.
Isolate for 5 days immediately and also:
If you test positive for COVID-19, you can return to work when:
*Please note that our hospital partners, Roswell and the VA, require students to wait at least 10 days since symptoms have passed before returning to clinic.
A positive home test is acceptable if you are symptomatic. If your home test is negative, continue masking for the next five days. Symptomatic students should also consider getting a PCR test if the rapid antigen home test is negative as the PCR testing is more sensitive.
You can order free at-home COVID-19 tests kits starting September 25, 2023 on COVIDTests.gov.
Covid vaccine is encouraged for everyone and a single dose of the new vaccine (2023) is considered “up to date” regardless of prior vaccine Hx. Anyone with significant immunosuppression should discuss additional doses with the PCP.
We urge you to consider voluntary mask use as a responsible and proactive step in mitigating the impact of the current increase in disease activity.
Our hospital partners may institute varying mandates regarding masking at their respective sites related to the level of COVID-19 infection within our community. Please adhere to our hospital partners who have resumed masking mandates.
Please contact OME Deans: