Embry-Riddle Quarantine and Isolation Protocols for People Exposed to a Positive Covid-19 Case*

There are two ways to avoid quarantine after you have been exposed to Covid-19:

  • If you are vaccinated and asymptomatic (or, have no symptoms).
  • If you are asymptomatic with a documented Covid-19 infection within the last 90 days.

Vaccinated people who were exposed to Covid-19 but have no symptoms:

  • Do not need to quarantine.
  • Self-monitor for any signs of illness.
  • Notify your campus healthcare professionals immediately if symptoms develop and get tested ASAP.
  • Per CDC guidelines, testing is advised after day 3 and before day 6 of an initial exposure with no symptoms. Testing can be rapid or PCR type. There is no need to shelter in place while awaiting PCR test results.

Vaccinated people who were exposed to Covid-19 and do have symptoms:

  • Isolate for 10 days. Day 1 of your isolation will begin on the day of exposure. You may be released from isolation on day 11.
  • Testing is advised ASAP (due to symptoms). Even if a rapid or PCR test comes back negative, you must isolate the full 10 days (due to exposure and symptoms).
  • You may test at day 6 or greater after exposure and may be released from isolation early. However, that decision will be highly dependent on your symptoms and will be made by ERAU healthcare professionals.

Unvaccinated people who were exposed to Covid-19 and have no symptoms:

  • Quarantine for a full 10 days from the date of exposure. You may be released on day 11.

  • Self-monitor for signs of illness.
  • If you have signs of illness, notify your campus healthcare professionals immediately, for testing.
  • Per CDC guidelines, testing is advised after day 3 of an initial exposure with no symptoms. Testing can be rapid or PCR type.

Unvaccinated people who were exposed to Covid-19 and have symptoms:

  • Isolate for a full 10 days. Day 1 of your isolation will begin on the day of exposure.
  • Testing is advised ASAP (due to symptoms). Even if a rapid or PCR test comes back negative, you must isolate the full 10 days (due to exposure and symptoms).
  • No amount of negative testing will release you from isolation sooner (due to exposure and symptoms).

Unvaccinated people such as parents, guardians, or caregivers who are exposed to Covid-19 because of a child living at home, age 12 or younger:

  • Quarantine for 20 days. Day 1 will be the onset of symptoms for the child or the day the child tests positive, whichever comes first.
  • PCR testing is advised after day 13 of quarantine for asymptomatic parents, guardians, caregivers.
  • If the parent becomes symptomatic, they should test ASAP.
  • A negative test will not shorten the length of a 20-day quarantine. (The rationale for this rule is that the parent is the caretaker, whereas the child has little to no opportunity to isolate from their parent.)

Vaccinated people such as parents, guardians, or caregivers who are exposed to Covid-19 because of a child living at home, age 12 or younger:

  • No quarantine is needed.
  • Monitor for any signs of illness and test ASAP should symptoms develop.
  • Notify the healthcare professionals on your Embry-Riddle campus.
  • PCR exposure testing is advised after day 6 and before day 14 of the child’s isolation if the parent remains asymptomatic.
  • Parents should be aware that they have a high potential for becoming Covid-19 positive, although they are vaccinated.
  • Per CDC guidelines, testing is advised after day 3 of initial exposure with no symptoms. Testing can be rapid or PCR type. No shelter in place is needed while awaiting the results of a PCR test.

Vaccinated people who test positive for Covid-19:

  • Isolate for 10 days, and release from isolation on day 11. Day 1 of isolation begins at either the start of symptoms or the day of a positive test, whichever comes first.

Unvaccinated people who test positive for Covid-19:

  • Isolate for 10 days, and release from isolation on day 11.
  • Day 1 of isolation begins at either the start of symptoms or the day of a positive test, whichever comes first.

*Based on CDC Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html