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Isolation Following a Positive COVID Test

For those who test positive for COVID-19, please follow the most up to date isolation guidance. The CDC has a very helpful isolation calculator that you can use for individualized guidance here 

Please call our Public Health support phone line with any additional questions or needs at 978-542-3240

How Isolation Works

  • If you have tested positive for COVID, stay home and isolate for 5-10 days to prevent spreading infection to other individuals. You should isolate away from any individual who has not also tested positive for COVID, including other household members. 
  • DO NOT attend any in-person activities such as classes, work, athletic events, or other activities until you have completed your isolation period. 
  • If your positive test is a rapid antigen home test, we encourage you to seek a confirmatory PCR test. Students can access on campus testing by scheduling an appointment at health services. Employees should consult their primary care provider or look here for off campus COVID testing options.
  • Students: If you’d like health services to document your COVID infection in your medical records, upload your positive test result to your confidential health portal
    • If your positive test is an antigen home test, please take a photo of your result that includes a photo ID and digital date (screenshot or date on computer in background). Send a provider a message in your portal and attach the image to the message.
    • Residential students are required to notify health services so that we can review your isolation plan and location, 978-542-3240.
  • Employees: Notify HR of any positive COVID test by faxing your results to 978-542-2605 or sending an encrypted email to Ezekiel Holt and Andrea Claudio. For instructions on how to submit an encrypted email, please visit Polaris
  • If you have underlying medical conditions or are interested in learning about antiviral medication treatment for COVID:

Discontinuing Isolation

  • Please follow the CDC isolation guidance
  • If you take a rapid antigen COVID test to help you decide if you should discontinue your isolation:
    • A positive rapid COVID test after day 5 indicates you could still be infectious. If you are able to continue isolating, please do until you have a negative rapid COVID test or your symptoms have resolved. 
    • A negative rapid COVID test after day 5 and your symptoms have improved, this indicates you are likely no longer infectious towards other and can safely discontinue your isolation. It is recommended to continue masking for 10 days from your day 0. 
  • All who have tested positive should wear a KN95 mask while indoors or in close contact with other individuals. Review CDC mask guidance and isolation here

Contact the COVID Team

If at any time you have questions related to your isolation period, exposures, or other COVID or public health matters, you can call our COVID-19 team at 978.542.3240 or send us a message in your health portal.

Do You Need More Help?

Counseling and Health Services
Walk-In Service: North Campus, Ellison Campus Center 107
Find more information: Online Health Portal