What Do I Do If . . .


Emory University follows CDC guidelines to support campus members who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been recently exposed.

All students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been recently exposed are required to notify the university and follow all subsequent isolation or quarantine protocols.

I am a student who:

Tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Access care through the Student Health Patient Portal and message the “COVID-19 Assessment Provider” on your status.
  • If you have urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, call Student Health Services at 404.727.7551 and press “0” for the medical call center.

Has been exposed* to COVID-19?

* Exposure indicates that you came into “close contact” with someone infected with COVID-19 within 48 hours of their symptom onset or positive test result. A “close contact” is currently defined by the CDC as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

IF YOU ARE UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  • STEP 1: You do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms. Continue to watch for symptoms over the next 10 days.
  • STEP 2: If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately.
  • STEP 3: Even if you don’t develop symptoms, you should get tested within 5 days. If you test positive, please follow the instructions listed above for students testing positive.
  • STEP 4: Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Avoid high-risk activities such as eating or drinking around others during this 10-day period.
  • STEP 5: Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness for the next 10 days.

IF YOU ARE NOT UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  • STEP 1: Atlanta Students: Report your COVID-19 exposure to Student Health via the Patient Portal and begin to quarantine immediately.

    Oxford Students: Call the Oxford Student Health office at 770.784.8376. After hours and on weekends, call 404.727.7551 and press “0” for the medical advice nurse. 
  • STEP 2: Quarantine for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the last day of contact with the positive person, and the next day is day 1 of quarantine. Continue to watch for symptoms over the next 10 days and avoid traveling over this period.
  • STEP 3: Even if you don’t develop symptoms, you should get tested within 5 days. If you test positive, please follow the instructions listed above for students testing positive.
  • STEP 4: Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Avoid high-risk activities such as eating or drinking around others during this 10-day period.
  • STEP 5: Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness for the next 10 days.

I am a faculty or staff member who:

Tested positive for COVID-19?

  • STEP 1: Isolate in place immediately and inform your supervisor. You will need to isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the day of your positive test or symptom onset, and day 1 is the first full day after your test or symptom onset.
    • If you develop severe symptoms, contact your primary care physician or seek medical care. Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
  • STEP 2: Complete the COVID-19 Reporting form on the Return to Campus portal. Once submitted, you will receive an email to your Emory account that will include isolation protocols to follow based on your personal circumstances.
  • STEP 3: Follow all directed isolation protocols. Monitor your symptoms and report any new or worsening symptoms.
  • STEP 4: After your designated isolation period, you will be sent and asked to complete an Isolation Clearance form to end isolation* and be cleared for returning to campus.

    *Criteria to end isolation depend on several factors, to include ongoing symptom monitoring, health care personnel status, and ongoing testing results.

Other steps to follow:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for 10 days.
  • Avoid people who have weakened immune systems or are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
  • Do not travel for at least 10 days after testing positive or while you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Has been exposed to COVID-19?

* Exposure indicates that you came into “close contact” with someone infected with COVID-19 within 48 hours of their symptom onset or positive test result. A “close contact” is currently defined by the CDC as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

IF YOU ARE UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  • STEP 1: You do not need to quarantine or stay home unless you develop symptoms. Continue to watch for symptoms over the next 10 days.
  • STEP 2: If you develop symptoms, stay home and isolate immediately.
  • STEP 3: Even if you don’t develop symptoms, you should get tested within 5 days. If you test positive, please follow the instructions listed above for employees testing positive.
  • STEP 4: Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Avoid high-risk activities such as eating or drinking around others during this 10-day period.
  • STEP 5: Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness for the next 10 days

IF YOU ARE NOT UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  • STEP 1: Quarantine for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the last day of contact with the positive person and the next day is day 1 of quarantine. Continue to watch for symptoms over the next 10 days and avoid traveling over this period.
  • STEP 2: Even if you don’t develop symptoms, you should get tested within 5 days. If you test positive, please follow the instructions listed above for employees testing positive.
  • STEP 3: Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Avoid high-risk activities such as eating or drinking around others during this 10-day period.
  • STEP 4: Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness for the next 10 days.

Is at “high risk” as it relates to COVID-19 or needs additional workplace support?

  • Every eligible Emory employee has a right to request reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Due to COVID-19, eligibility for reasonable accommodations has expanded to include those who are at significantly increased risk for negative outcomes if they were to contract COVID-19. Additionally, individuals with impairments resulting from “Long COVID” and individuals with mental health impairments that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 may be eligible for ADA reasonable accommodations. The Department of Accessibility Services (DAS) coordinates workplace accommodations through an interactive process with the employee, their leader, and human resources. 
  • If you need additional accommodations to perform the essential functions of your job, you are encouraged to reach out to DAS for assistance: 
Expanded Health Care Support

Emory University has extended its medical and mental health support to all students by offering telehealth and in-person services, expanding nonclinical support, and contracting with a third-party vendor, TimelyMD, to offer telehealth care to all students, including those outside of Georgia.