Employee Guidance for Isolation

Anyone in our community who either experiences COVID-like symptoms or has tested positive for COVID needs to immediately enter isolation. These guidelines will help you know what to do.

When to Isolate

There are two reasons to isolate:

  1. If you test positive for COVID. Any positive test result requires isolation, even if you subsequently take a second test and obtain a negative result.
  2. If you are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, even if you have not tested positive. This period of isolation protects others. Remember that it is very common for people infected with COVID-19 to be asymptomatic, so it is important that you consider yourself a positive case until proven otherwise.

While you are isolating and waiting for a consultation about your symptoms or waiting for a test result to confirm your status, you need to:

  • Stay in your residence/room.
  • Take your temperature daily.
  • Monitor for symptoms daily.

If the only COVID test you take is a molecular (e.g, PCR) test, and it is negative, you are clear to leave isolation.

In the presence of COVID symptoms, never rely on a single negative antigen test to rule out COVID. If you want to self-administer an antigen test while you are symptomatic to assess your COVID status, you must first isolate, and then administer a first antigen test 24 hours after the onset of symptoms; then wait 36 hours and administer a second antigen test. If both tests are negative, you are clear to end isolation. If either test is positive, you will need to enact a full five-day isolation.