When Should Employees Stay Home?

Who Do I Talk To About This?

For contact tracing purposes, any employee who is staying home for any COVID-19-related reason must contact Carol Hess in Human Resources.

When Should I Stay Home?

  1. If you have COVID symptoms, regardless of whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, stay home until:
    • 10 days have passed since you first experienced symptoms; AND
    • you have been fever-free without use of medication for 24 hours; AND
    • your other symptoms are improving.
  2. If you test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms, stay home until:
    • 10 days have passed since your positive test.
  3. If you have been identified through contact tracing as a Close Contact with a COVID-positive person, stay home until:
    • 14 days have passed since your date of last exposure.
    • Depending on local COVID conditions, you may be able to end quarantine 10 days after your exposure, even without taking a COVID-19 test, OR 7 days after your last exposure if you receive a negative COVID-19 test 5 days or later from your date of last exposure.

Am I a Close Contact?

During contact tracing, you WILL NOT be considered a Close Contact if:

  • You are fully vaccinated with no symptoms; OR
  • You tested positive for COVID-19 within the last three months and have recovered, and have no symptoms from the current exposure.

I’m Vaccinated. When Should I Get Tested?

If you are vaccinated, CDC recommends that you get tested 3–5 days following a known exposure to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. In addition, you should wear a mask in public, indoor settings for 14 days following your exposure or until your test comes back negative. Learn more on the CDC’s website on guidance for fully-vaccinated individuals.


This information is correct and accurate as of the date it was posted and/or updated, listed at the top of this page. For current information, visit the Coronavirus website homepage.