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What to Do If: You Have Been Identified as a Close Contact

If you are fully vaccinated, the following information does not pertain to you. 

OVERVIEW

If you receive a notification that you need to quarantine, you are required to let the University know at  PSCstudentexperience@mail.wvu.edu

During this time, we ask that you stay calm and use the following guidance. As a member of the community, it is critical that you take these necessary measures to keep everyone safe. You are expected to follow all University rules and policies.

You should immediately return to your residence and avoid contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days, as directed by the local health department. This is called  quarantine. You should not go to class or be on campus unnecessarily during this time.

You must limit your exposure to others and remain in your room as much as possible. If you must leave your residence, you  must wear a mask/face covering, follow physical distance guidelines and avoid large groups of people.

If you fail to comply with this quarantine requirement, you will be subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct, which may include interim suspension, educational requirements, removal from courses, a campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, University probation, deferred suspension, suspension or expulsion.

What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?

The University uses the terms “isolation” and “quarantine” for those who have COVID-19 related matters.

Isolation is avoiding contact with others for at least 10 days after your testing date, as directed by the local health department. If you live in a residence hall, you will move to identified isolation spaces. You should not be on campus for class or work at any point during this period, and you must remain in isolation until you are medically cleared. You are likely in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test result.

Quarantine is avoiding contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days, as directed by the local health department. You should not be on campus for class or work at any point during this period, if you live in the residence hall, you will quarantine in your assigned room. You are likely in quarantine because you’ve been considered a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 

BEFORE QUARANTINE

  • You will be contacted by the Mineral County Health Department or the Student Experience Office and provided quarantine guidelines and medical guidance. 
  • A representative from Housing and Residence Life will contact you to provide resources for your personal and care needs.
  • You will be responsible to notify your professors.

DURING QUARANTINE

  • While you are in quarantine, you can reach out to the CARE Team for any needs — from academic to mental health and any other considerations.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19: Contact Student Health at 304-788-6913 or your primary care physician.

AFTER QUARANTINE

  • The Mineral County Health Department and University will work together to make sure you meet CDC criteria before releasing you from quarantine. You must meet the criteria of 14 days in quarantine, plus have no symptoms and no fever for at least 24 hours. Student Health and/or the Mineral County Health Department will notify you that you have met the criteria to return to your assigned residence hall and class.