You May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

If You've Had Close Contact with Someone Who's Tested Positive for COVID-19

If you have come into close contact (within six feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period or have shared a meal or had intimate relations) with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past two weeks, you are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

In this situation, you will likely be considered to be a “close contact” during an exposure investigation and be given medical advice from your local health department or the COVID Monitoring Team on next steps, which will likely be to quarantine for up to 10 days. 

Individuals asked to quarantine for 10 days will have the opportunity to shorten their quarantine time to six days if they have no symptoms during the 10-day period, receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day five, and follow all safety measures — including daily symptom monitoring — through day 10.

At this time, individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19. As a reminder, fully vaccinated includes a booster for those who are booster eligible. 

Until you receive guidance from the local health department or the COVID Monitoring Team, you should do the following:

  • Quarantine, including staying away from people as much as possible.
  • Routinely use masks.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Get tested for COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms during quarantine, check what to do if you become symptomatic of COVID-19.

After your quarantine period, if you are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, you can return to normal activities. Please note that persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19 due an exposure are not subject to quarantine under current public health orders. As a reminder, fully vaccinated includes a booster for those who are booster eligible. If a person is not eligible for a booster yet, then they are considered fully vaccinated.

If You're Exposed to Someone Who's Potentially Positive

If you believe or know you have been exposed to someone who is potentially positive and is waiting to be tested for COVID-19, or someone who is waiting on COVID-19 test results, you are still at risk of contracting COVID-19.

In this situation, you may not yet know whether you are determined to be a “close contact,” but should do the following until additional guidance is provided:

  • Routinely use face masks when around others, especially in public.
  • Practice safe physical distancing.
  • Monitor your symptoms for 10 days. If you develop symptoms, check what to do if you become symptomatic of COVID-19.
  • Get tested for COVID-19
  • After the 10-day period, if you are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, you can return to normal activities.

Fully vaccinated individuals exposed to someone who is potentially infectious do not need to quarantine per Sonoma County health orders

If You Become Symptomatic

While in any of these scenarios, if you become symptomatic of COVID-19:

  • You should isolate, which means to avoid contact with others, and call for medical advice.
  • Students should call SSU Student Health Center at (707) 664-2925.
  • Employees should contact their primary care physician or the SSU COVID-19 Monitoring Team at (707) 664-2684 or by emailing covid.monitoring@sonoma.edu.

If Your Symptoms Become Severe

  • You should seek immediate medical attention if you are having breathing problems, extremely high body temperature or other acute symptoms.
  • Please let them know that you are in quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 and be sure to wear a face mask if emergency medical services attend to you in any way.

If Your Situation is Not Covered Here

If your situation is not covered in the guidance above, contact the COVID Monitoring Team at (707) 664-2684 or by emailing covid.monitoring@sonoma.edu.