Quarantine, Isolation and Contact Tracing

Per the CDC, individuals who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

If the test is positive, vaccinated individuals should still isolate for 10 days.

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Steps for Students (Vaccinated and Unvaccinated) who Test Positive for COVID-19

Students (Vaccinated or Unvaccinated): COVID-19 Positive @ Murray State? Follow the steps below:

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Positive Test Result Received

You’ve tested positive, as verified by a healthcare provider. Ask for a written copy or photo of your notification from your medical provider to share with university officials. Follow the next steps.

Step 1

Notify University Officials

Email msu.studentcovidpositive@murraystate.edu with your name and M#.

If you live on campus, we will contact you with further instructions.

Step 2

Notify your instructors

Email EACH of your instructors. Let them know the date of your possible exposure, and the date you should be able to return pending a COVID-19 test.

Step 3

Observe Isolation, and ask for help

Isolate until you are cleared. Anyone sick or infected should separate from others within the same residence when possible. Resources are available from the Racer Safe & Health Website.

Step 4

Murray State will check on you

We have employees designated to check in. Please call Murray State Health Services/Village Medical of Murray at 270.809.3809 or email them at msu.healthservices@murraystate.edu for questions during your isolation.

For questions about the process, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu


Steps for Unvaccinated Students who are Exposed to COVID-19

Unvaccinated Students: Exposed to COVID-19? Follow the steps below:

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Suspected or Confirmed Exposure

Begin COVID-19 Quarantine, as per the CDC Guidelines.

Stay home except to get medical care. Avoid all contact with others, particularly if you haven’t been in contact with them since your exposure.

Step 1

Seek Advice about Testing

Contact Murray State Health Services/Village Medical of Murray, (phone: 270.809.3809 or msu.healthservices@murraystate.edu) or your own medical provider, to determine the level of exposure and possible testing.

Step 2

Notify University Officials

Email msu.studentcovidquarantine@murraystate.edu with your name and M#.

If you live on campus, we will contact you with further instructions.

Step 3

Notify your instructors

Email EACH of your instructors. Let them know the date of your possible exposure, and the date you should be able to return pending a COVID-19 test.

Step 4

Observe Quarantine, and ask for help

Limit your exposure to others until you are cleared. If you become sick, consult Health Services or your healthcare provider. Resources are available from the Racer Safe & Healthy Website.

For questions about the process, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu


Isolation and Quarantine Information for Students and Employees

Isolation Period

Isolation Period for COVID-19 Positives

For COVID-19 positive students and employees

Murray State will follow guidance recommending a 10 day isolation period or guidance provided by the individual’s medical provider.

Quarantine Period

Students

Quarantine Period for Unvaccinated Students — Close Contact/Potential Exposure

  • Quarantine for 7 days if you are asymptomatic and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test on or after Day 5.
  • Quarantine for 10 days if the COVID-19 test is NOT PCR
  • Quarantine for 10 days if you are symptomatic, regardless of testing.
Employees

Quarantine Period for Unvaccinated Employees — Close Contact/Potential Exposure

  • Quarantine for 7 days if you are asymptomatic and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test on or after Day 5.
  • Quarantine for 10 days if the COVID-19 test is NOT PCR
  • Quarantine for 10 days if you are symptomatic, regardless of testing.

Have you been exposed to or tested positive for COVID?

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If you have tested positive for covid-19 and have symptoms:

Isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms began.

If you have tested positive for covid-19 and have no symptoms:

Isolate for 10 days from the date you had your test done.

If you have been in close contact with someone with covid-19:

Quarantine* for 10 days from your last exposure.

* Quarantine may be shortened to 7 days if you have no symptoms and test negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later.
If you are fully vaccinated, you may not need to quarantine but are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure.

Overview

Students

Testing: Murray State Health Services/Village Medical of Murray will be doing symptomatic and high-risk testing.
Quarantine: Students living on campus will be asked to return home to self-quarantine if exposed to COVID- 19. If they cannot return home, a place will be provided on campus.

VP Robertson will be contacted by Murray State Health Services/Village Medical of Murray and the Calloway County Health Department on any positive cases/possible exposures resulting in a test.
On behalf of the Calloway County Health Department, he will then contact appropriate units and individuals while adhering to all established health and safety protocols and confidentiality requirements.

Faculty/Staff

Testing: Murray State Health Services/Village Medical of Murray will be doing symptomatic and high-risk testing.
Rapid Tests:Rapid tests are now available for symptomatic students, faculty and staff at Health Services. Visit Health Services for a review of possible symptoms and how to request a rapid test.
Quarantine: Faculty and staff will be required to self- quarantine at their personal residence if exposed to COVID-19.

Courtney Hixon, Interim Director of Human Resources will be contacted by Murray State Health Services/Village Medical of Murray and the Calloway County Health Dept. on any positive cases/possible exposures resulting in a test.
On behalf of the Calloway County Health Department, she will then contact appropriate units and individuals while adhering to all established health and safety protocols and confidentiality requirements.
The Provost's Office will inform the appropriate Dean, Chair and faculty members in accordance with all established health and safety protocols and confidentiality requirements.