Quarantine and Isolation

When exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or after obtaining a positive COVID-19 test result, students, faculty and staff will need to quarantine or isolate in accordance with public health guidelines and College policy. If you are placed in mandated quarantine or isolation, it is your responsibility to reference the complete Contra Costa County Health Services instructions for quarantine, isolation, or self-isolation—whichever applies to you. It is important to reference the most up to date version of these guidelines, which are subject to change. Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms (if in quarantine) or for worsening symptoms (if in isolation or self-isolation), and notify the Health & Wellness Center or your primary care provider of changes. Clinicians are here to help guide you during this time.

SMC Students

Students will be required to quarantine (when exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19), isolate (after testing positive for COVID-19), or self-isolate (when experiencing any COVID-19 symptom) based on Public Health guidelines and Saint Mary’s College policy. Students will be required to immediately adhere to quarantine or isolation guidelines when necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Quarantine and isolation are stricter versions of shelter-in-place.

Saint Mary's has a comprehensive Residential Care Plan to isolate or quarantine residents who become ill with COVID-19.  Our Care Management Team will work with students who choose to safely return home for their isolation/quarantine or stay on-campus.

 Residential Care Plan Includes:

  • Room relocation to include a private restroom.
  • Regularly scheduled health checks.
  • Emotional support.
  • Meal delivery.
  • Support services as needed.

Students are not permitted to leave their room during isolation/quarantine (this includes attending in-person classes, going for food pick-up or accessing campus resources).  Any exceptions must be approved by the Health & Wellness Center staff or assigned Care Liaison

SMC Employees

Employees must follow current county guidelines for quarantine (when exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19) and isolation (after testing positive for COVID-19). Employees are not allowed on campus until the conclusion of the prescripted quarantine or isolation period.

Employees need to quarantine or isolate and work on campus should stay home and contact their supervisor and/or Human Resources so the appropriate paid leave options can be discussed.

Employees who need to quarantine or isolate and work remotely should contact their supervisor and/or Human Resources to discuss appropriate paid leave options if they become unable to work.

Quarantine Exemption (Students and Employees)

SMC employees and students who have received a lab confirmed positive COVID-19 test in the last 3 months AND are a close contact of someone else who has COVID-19 do not need to quarantine as long as they are currently and remain asymptomatic. This policy was developed in alignment with CDC guidance and in consultation with Contra Costa Health Services.

In order to be cleared from this quarantine requirement, employees must submit proof of a positive COVID test to Human Resources (benefits@stmarys-ca.edu) and students must submit proof of a positive COVID test to the Health and Wellness Center by uploading the result through the Health and Wellness Portal

The proof of a positive COVID test must include the following:

  • The person's full name
  • The positive COVID test date and result date (must be within 3 months from their most recent exposure)

Employees may not come to work until cleared for release by Human Resources and the Contact Tracing Team. 

On-campus students may not leave their residence until cleared for release by the Health and Wellness Center and the Contact Tracing Team. Off-campus students may not come to campus until cleared for release by the Health and Wellness Center and the Contact Tracing Team.