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.

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), isolate (after testing positive for COVID-19). Employees are not allowed on campus until the conclusion of the prescripted quarantine or isolation period.

 

RECENT UPDATES: 

For SMC students and employees the isolation period will be one of the following, per the County Health Order.

  • Individuals without symptoms must isolate for 10 days from the date of a positive test.
  • Individuals with symptoms must isolate until:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of both fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms if present AND
    • At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms started.
  • Individuals with symptoms and hospitalized in the intensive care unit must isolate until:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of both fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms if present AND
    • At least 20 days have passed since their symptoms started.

SMC students and employees will need to remain in quarantine until 14 days have passed since exposure AND you have experienced no symptoms of possible COVID-19. 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.