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What to Do if You Test Positive for COVID-19?

Have you tested positive for COVID-19? If yes, please follow the procedures detailed below. Your identity will be kept confidential to the greatest extent possible.

What to do if you test positive?

 

Additional Information

Isolating on Campus

Should you become ill or receive confirmation of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and are unable to immediately leave campus, TCAT 31 has been designated as the COVID-19 isolation area for TCAT students and employees. Room C56 in the CAT building has been designated as the COVID-19 isolation area for all non-TCAT students and employees.

Covid Positive with Symptoms

You can be around others after

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

Note that these recommendations do not apply to people with sever COVID-19 or with weakend immune systems (immunocompromised).

Covid Positive without Symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a viral test for COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for "I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms."

Isolation vs Quarantine – What’s the Difference?

Isolation – for COVID-19 Positive Cases

  • Isolation means staying home and staying away from people.
     
  • Isolation is used to keep an individual who has been infected with SARS-CoV-2 away from people who are not infected in order to slow the spread of the disease. Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have symptoms of COVID-19 are to self-isolate for a period of 10 days from the onset of their symptoms or, if they never developed symptoms, from the date their positive test was collected. Additionally, the individual must be free of fever (without fever reducing medications) and must have improvement of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 24 hours before leaving isolation.
     
  • Isolated individuals should not leave home except to seek emergency medical attention.
    • If an individual in isolation must leave home, they should wear a cloth face covering or mask, remain at least six feet from others and, if seeking medical care, notify the facility prior to their arrival that they are currently in isolation for COVID-19.
    • Students and employees who are in isolation are not to be present on Chattanooga State property or instructional sites until the 10-day period of isolation has elapsed.
       
  • Isolation is not optional and may be formally ordered by the Department of Health if instructions are not followed.
     
  • You can reduce your chances of having to self-isolate by wearing a face covering as directed and maintaining six feet of physical distance from others. Reducing your chances of being a close contact is just one of the benefits of wearing face coverings as directed. Wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance protects you, protects others, and helps keep campus open.

Quarantine – for Close Contacts

  • Quarantine means staying home and staying away from people.
     
  • Quarantine is used to keep close contacts (within six feet of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 for ten or more minutes) of infected individuals away from people who have not been exposed in order to slow the spread of the disease. Individuals who have been exposed may become infectious at any time within 14 days of their last exposure to an individual with COVID-19.
     
  • Quarantined individuals should not leave home except to seek emergency medical attention.
    • If an individual in quarantine must leave home, they should wear a cloth face covering or mask, remain at least six feet from others and, if seeking medical care, notify the facility prior to their arrival that they are currently in quarantine for COVID-19.
       
  • Quarantine is not optional and may be formally ordered by the Department of Health if instructions are not followed.