All students, employees, and visitors who are not permitted to be on campus and are required to stay home under these guidelines must follow the reporting procedure set forth in Campus Official(s) and Communication Protocols. Additionally, employees should notify their supervisor, and students should inform faculty if they will be unable to attend in-person classes.

It is recommended individuals NOT come to campus if:

  • You (1) have COVID-19 symptoms, or (2) tested positive for COVID-19, regardless if you have symptoms. You should isolate for at least 5 days (until you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your symptoms are improving).
    • After the isolation period has ended, you may return to campus and must wear a well-fitting mask around others, in all settings, for an additional 5 days; do not go to places where you cannot wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms; avoid travel and being around people who are at high risk.
    • If you were severely ill with COVID-19, you should isolate for at least 10 days and consult your healthcare provider before ending isolation.
  • You (1) are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual and (2) are immunocompromised, or not up to date with your vaccines. Quarantine for 5 days after your last contact with the COVID-19 positive individual and wear a mask around others at home.
    • If you are asymptomatic, you should get tested 5 days after your last contact with the positive individual and receive a negative test result to return to campus.
    • Monitor for symptoms for 10 days after your last contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. Do not go to places where you cannot wear a mask; avoid travel and being around people who are at high risk.
    • If you become symptomatic, isolate and get tested immediately.
    • If you are unable to be tested, wear a well-fitting mask at home for 10 days after your last contact with the positive individual.
  • If you test positive, follow the protocol set forth above for those who test positive and are either symptomatic or asymptomatic.
  • You are subject to government-issued or a healthcare provider’s orders to quarantine.

If you are an employee required to stay at home under these guidelines, contact your supervisor or departmental HR representative regarding available leave.

If quarantine of exposed but asymptomatic individuals is required and that quarantine would disrupt essential services, the supervisor should, with campus leadership, do a risk-benefit determination. If those supposed to be quarantined should return to work, then the supervisor must direct and ensure that well-fitted masks are worn 100% of the time; there is no eating with others, and physical distancing of 6 feet or more is observed.

You are permitted to come to campus if:

  • You (1) are a close contact of a known COVID-19 positive case, (2) are not immunocompromised, (3) are up to date with your vaccines, and (4) are asymptomatic.
    • You must: (1) wear a well-fitting mask and monitor for symptoms for 10 days following the last close contact with the positive individual, and (2) get tested 5 days following the last close contact with the positive individual.
    • Do not go to places where you cannot wear a mask; avoid travel and being around people who are at high risk.
    • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate yourself from others and get tested.
  • You completed the isolation or quarantine period as noted above.
    • After the isolation period has ended, you may return to campus and must wear a well-fitting mask around others, in all settings, for the remainder of the 10-day period.
    • For the remainder of the 10-day isolation or quarantine period, do not go to places where you cannot wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms; avoid travel and being around people who are at high risk.

Definitions

  • Exposure is contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.
  • A Close Contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 after they completed at least 5 days of isolation are not considered close contacts.
  • Quarantine is separation after close contact with someone known to be COVID positive. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19.
  • Isolation is separation of those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.
  • Fully vaccinated means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine. *If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, please see the CDC website or consult your healthcare provider.
  • Up to Date means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and a booster dose when eligible. A person who is eligible for a booster dose is considered “boosted” and up to date right after getting their booster dose. If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, the definition of up-to-date will differ for you. Please see the CDC website or consult your healthcare provider.

Vaccination and Testing—Current Employees and Students

  • The COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policies for students and employees are officially suspended, effective Saturday, March 26, 2022.
  • For students and employees with vaccine exemptions, weekly testing will no longer be required effective March 26, 2022 (except for student in residence halls with approved vaccine exemptions until the end of the spring 2022 semester).
  • Up-to-Date COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended.

Basic Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

  • Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or sanitized, especially:
    • after wiping or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
    • after using the toilet;
    • before, during, and after preparing food or meals.
  • Hand sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and safely dispose of it. If no tissue is available, reduce the spread of germs by coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

Masks

IMPORTANT: Please respect an individual’s personal choice to wear a face mask outdoors and indoors where face masks are no longer required.

  • Masking continues to be required in classrooms, shared laboratory spaces and tightly confined educational spaces, such as advising offices, and in campus venues when the number of attendees is close to maximum capacity or if it is anticipated that high numbers of higher-risk persons will be attending.
  • Campus officials may further specify areas where and when face masks are required to enhance safety.
    • Masking is still encouraged indoors when around people during crowded events, especially for those who are not vaccinated or who are immunocompromised. If there are signs requiring masks posted outside a space or office, honor those signs.
    • Campuses may require masks indoors based on the level of COVID-19 community transmission as recommended by the CDC, UH medical and public health experts and HDOH.
    • Masking is optional for outdoors and outdoor events.
    • Instructors or presenters may remove their masks while teaching, provided that they maintain 6 feet distance from others.
    • Masks must be worn by anyone who has been exposed to someone with the virus or who is returning to campus after a quarantine or isolation. The well-fitted mask must be worn for the full duration of the 10-day period, up to five (5) days after you return to campus.
  • Masks that “meet a standard” (N95, N99 or N100 masks) are not required. Gaiters do not provide adequate protection. All masks should be well-fitted, which means the mask:
    • Has a nose wire to crimp down on top of the nose
    • Has at least 2 or more layers of washable fabric (for cloth masks)
    • Covers both the nose and mouth entirely
    • Fits snugly against the sides of your face without gaps

Note: Masks, or respirators with exhalation valves should be avoided as they do not protect others from expelled respiratory droplets and aerosols.

Consider Getting a Flu Shot

your chances of becoming infected with influenza “flu,” which has similar symptoms to COVID-19.

Travel

If a student or employee is traveling outside of the State, especially on University-supported travel, testing (PCR or antigen, including home tests) is strongly recommended prior to their return to campus.

Last modified: May 24, 2022