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 Angelina.Soli@bemidjistate.edu as our COVID Testing Coordinator.

When Should I Stay Home?

For those Testing Positive for COVID-19:

  • Isolate – regardless of vaccination status.
  • Stay home for at least 5 days.
  • If you don’t have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, and you are fever free without fever reducing medication, you can leave your house after 5 days.
  • Wear a mask around other for an additional 5 days.

For those Exposed to someone with COVID-19:

If you are Up-to-Date with COVID-19 vaccination, meaning you have:

  • Been boosted.
  • Had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna in the last 5 months.
  • Had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last 2months.

Then:

  • You do not need to stay home.
  • Wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home.

If you are NOT Up-to-Date with COVID-19 vaccination, meaning you’ve:

  • Had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted.
  • Had only one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • Had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over 2 months ago.
  • Are unvaccinated.

Then:

  • Stay at home for 5 days – Quarantine. Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
  • If you cannot quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home.

CDC resources:

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.