COVID-19 Exposure

Last updated: March 10, 2022

A close contact, as defined by the CDC, is someone who was within 6 feet from someone who tested positive for COVID-19, masked or unmasked, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 

If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, follow the quarantine and testing guidelines to help keep yourself and others safe. Visit the Home Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines website from Santa Clara County Public Health for more information

Quarantine Guidelines 

Students living in University residences

To help protect our campus community, isolation and quarantine guidelines for students living in University residences may differ from the general student population.

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please find the scenario that you associate with and follow the guidelines accordingly.

You are boosted or fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for booster, and not roommates with a COVID-19 positive case:

  • Test immediately and if the result is positive, complete the Report a case form, isolate and test again 5 days after you were exposed
  • Wear a fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days after you were exposed

You are boosted or fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for booster, and are roommates with a COVID-19 positive case: 

You are to remain in quarantine at least until Day 5 

  • Stay in quarantine, in your SJSU residence, for at least 5 days after the day you were exposed
  • Limit your activities to essential tasks such as getting food, going to class, using the restrooms
  • Test immediately.
    • If the result is positive, complete the Report a case form, isolate and test again on Day 5
    • If the result is negative, still remain in quarantine until Day 5 and may leave on Day 6
  • On Day 5 or later
    • If you test negative and feel well, you may leave quarantine the next day
  • If you do not test on day 5 or later, or if second test is positive, isolate for at least 10 days

You are unvaccinated or vaccinated but haven’t received a booster despite being eligible and are living in congregate settings such as University residences: 

  • Stay home for 10 days after exposure day
  • If symptoms develop, get tested immediately and if positive, isolate yourself and complete the Report a case form.
  • If tested negative, you are still expected to complete the 10 days quarantine

General Student Population

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please find the scenario that you associate with and follow the guidelines accordingly.

You are boosted or are fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster and do not have symptoms:

  • As per Santa Clara County public health guidelines, you are not required to quarantine
  • Wear a mask in indoor spaces for 10 days
  • You should still test on the 5th day after your exposure
  • If you test positive, inform SJSU by submitting a report
  • If you develop symptoms, take a test and stay home

You are unvaccinated, or vaccinated and booster eligible but do not have a booster:

  • You need to quarantine for at least 5 days
  • Get tested on Day 5
  • If you test positive, inform SJSU by submitting a report
  • If you test negative and symptoms are not present, you may leave quarantine on Day 6
  • If you are unable to take a test and symptoms are not present, you may end quarantine after Day 10
  • Wear a mask in indoor spaces for 10 days
  • You are not to come to campus at any time during quarantine. If you live on-campus, you must remain in your assigned quarantine location.
  • Contact your designated case manager should you have any specific needs or questions during quarantine.  
  • Should you start to display symptoms, please follow isolation recommendations and seek medical attention if needed.

Exposure Notifications

Students may receive an Exposure Notification, informing them of a potential exposure to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19 in their class. If you receive this notification, you may continue to attend in-person courses as scheduled. 

Individuals who have been identified as close contacts will be notified directly by the Case Management team from the SJSU Student Wellness Center. 

Regardless of vaccination status:

  • Should you start to display symptoms, please seek medical attention.
  • Report the case for follow up.  
  • If you have symptoms, do not come to campus or leave your residence hall room. Contact a healthcare provider or the Student Wellness Center and get tested for COVID-19.

Testing information:

If you would like to get tested, asymptomatic individuals should get tested 5 days after exposure. If you do not have symptoms, testing is available by scheduling an appointment at the Event Center from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday while classes are in session. If you plan to test, bring your student ID and insurance information if applicable.

For more information about campus building notifications or about our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit the SJSU Health Advisories site.