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Positive cases, isolation, and quarantine

Positive cases

What happens if I receive a positive test result?

On-Campus Students

  1. On-campus students will be contacted by Housing and Residential Life to determine whether they wish to isolate on-campus or at their permanent residence.
  2. Do not attend in-person classes or activities.
  3. Students who choose to isolate on campus will be given a room assignment in New Hall West or East Eggleston.
  4. Students can review the Housing and Residence Life information on relocation for additional details on what to pack and how to prepare for their isolation time.
  5. Contact Schiffert with any questions about symptoms.

Off-Campus Students

  1. Begin isolating in your residence hall room or off-campus residence.
  2. Do not attend in-person classes or activities.
  3. Complete the Dean of Students disclosure form.
  4. Await further isolation guidance from Schiffert Health Center or case management teams from the Dean of Students Office and/or Housing and Residence Life.
  5. Contact a health professional with any questions about symptoms.

Employees

  1. Begin isolating at home or return home from work.
  2. Do not report to work.
  3. Report positive test results to your direct supervisor, followed by reportacase@vt.edu.
  4. Await further isolation guidance from the Environmental Health and Safety office’s Case Management Team.
  5. Contact a health professional with any questions about symptoms.

Close contacts

What should I do if I’m notified that I’m a close contact of positive case?

Students

  1. Contact Schiffert to schedule a COVID test at 540-231-6444, option 1.
  2. Begin quarantining in your residence hall room or off-campus residence.
  3. Do not attend in-person classes or activities.
  4. If you live on-campus, you may be moved to a quarantine space once you have been contact traced.
  5. If you test positive for COVID and live off campus, complete the Dean of Students disclosure form. If you live on campus and test positive somewhere besides Schiffert, we strongly encourage you to also fill out this disclosure form.
  6. Await further quarantine guidance from Schiffert Health Center or case management teams from the Dean of Students Office and/or Housing and Residence Life.

Employees

  1. Begin quarantining at home or return home from work.
  2. Do not report to work.
  3. Report close contact to your direct supervisor, followed by reportacase@vt.edu.
  4. Await further isolation guidance from the Environmental Health and Safety office’s Case Management Team.
  5. Contact a health professional with any questions about symptoms.

Isolation and quarantine

Students

Read more about on-campus students who receive a positive test result. 

Employees

If an employee believes they need to quarantine or have been directed to quarantine by VDH, the university, or a health care provider, they should notify the Case Management Team (reportacase@vt.edu, 540-231-8733).

How long do I need to quarantine?

Virginia Tech, in most circumstances, will require a minimum time period of 10 days (return on day 11) prior to returning to a Virginia Tech facility.

Can I test out of quarantine?

If the university determines that an employee needs to return to work earlier than a 10- or 14-day quarantine period and they have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, Virginia Tech may provide the employee with a PCR test after day 5 and allow a return to work after day 7 with a negative test result. All requests for return-to-work testing for employees must come from the EHS case managers.

If an employee has a negative PCR test from before day 5 of quarantine, it will not be accepted for returning to work on campus. If an employee is recommended for this strategy, a viral PCR test will be provided through Virginia Tech to expedite returning to work to support university operations. If offered a test, the employee must accept the test in order to leave quarantine early and come back to work on campus.

What type of leave should I use while quarantining? 

Employees should work with their supervisor and departmental human resources representative, or contact the Human Resources Leave Team (hrleave@vt.edu) for specific guidance on leave usage during quarantine.

What if I develop symptoms during quarantine? 

If symptoms develop at any time during the 14-day quarantine period, the employee should isolate themselves at home and contact the Virginia Tech Case Management Team and/or the VDH, as well as their supervisor.