COVID-19 Notifications and Quarantine

Student wearing mask sitting in Smith Memorial Student Union

Notifications

When PSU is informed about a case on campus, many response actions are triggered to keep our campus safe, including communication and notification. 

PSU’s Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) conducts contact tracing for any case on campus, including identifying those who may have been exposed or a close contact. Either the individual or SHAC will notify close contacts.  

Oregon OSHA requires additional communication to employees who may have been "affected" which means that they were in the same building as a person who was positive for COVID-19. PSU uses building level ID card access data to send a notification email to PSU employees and students who may have been "affected". If you get this notification email, it does not mean that you are a close contact of a COVID-19 case or that you must quarantine. If you have reason to believe you were exposed, please contact PSU’s Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC).

Additionally, case information is posted online to the Case and Testing Dashboards webpage that reflects the total number of test samples collected, tests conducted and cases reported, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pandemic. This data is updated weekly. ​

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, it can be confusing to know what to do next. 

Because each situation is unique, PSU students and employees should contact the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) or their healthcare provider to discuss exposure or symptoms as well as next steps. 

PSU students and employees should report a positive test result to SHAC as soon as possible on the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Below are quarantine and isolation timelines in accordance with the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and Multnomah County, that PSU students and employees are expected to follow. PSU’s University Housing and Residence Life (UHRL) and PSU Athletics also have specific quarantine and isolation protocols for students and employees in those programs.  

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Close contact

The CDC defines a close contact as someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 

Public health departments consider household contacts to be close contacts by default.

Get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms
isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.

People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms.

It is very important to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often and limit your contact with people you don’t live with. 

If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others and call your medical provider right away.

Quarantine for at least 10 days even if you have no symptoms.

Consult your medical provider to determine if a longer quarantine is necessary.

Continue to monitor yourself for symptoms daily for the full 14 days. There is still a chance you can get sick and spread COVID-19 to others during days 11-14, even if you felt well on day 10. 

It is very important to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often and limit your contact with people you don’t live with. 

If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others and call your medical provider right away.

Positive test but asymptomatic

Report the test result to SHAC as soon as possible on the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Isolate for at least 10 days after the collection date if you test positive and are asymptomatic. 

If you develop symptoms, continue to isolate yourself from others and call your medical provider right away.
 

Isolate for at least 10 days after the collection date if you test positive and are asymptomatic. 

If you develop symptoms, continue to isolate yourself from others and call your medical provider right away.
 

Positive test and/or symptomatic

Report the test result to SHAC as soon as possible on the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Isolate for at least 10 days after illness onset and until 24 hours after fever is gone,
without use of medications, and COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea) are improving.
Isolate for at least 10 days after illness onset and until 24 hours after fever is gone,
without use of medications, and COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea) are improving.

A quarantine period starts the day you were in close contact with someone with COVID-19. An Isolation period starts the first day of symptoms.

Any employee or student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 illness can call SHAC to schedule a COVID test. You may also choose to get tested at any place in the community that is offering COVID testing. If you test positive for COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form