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IU updates COVID-19 isolation policy

Students, faculty and staff at IU are expected to isolate for at least five days after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a new policy. 

The changes are consistent with the updated policy the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in late December. 

People who test positive for COVID-19 can leave isolation on the sixth day after testing positive as long as they have no symptoms or their symptoms are improving. Those with a fever should still continue quarantining for 10 days or until they have gone 24 hours without a fever with no medication, according to the policy. 

Those who test positive should answer calls from IU contact tracers, who will notify those who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The policy also requires those with a positive test to participate in daily symptom checks over text message. 

People who are fully vaccinated and have been exposed but do not have symptoms are not required to quarantine, according to the policy. However, they should get tested five days after being exposed and should continue to respond to IU contact tracers. After leaving quarantine, they should avoid eating and drinking in public places until ten days after they received their positive test result. 

People who are not yet fully vaccinated and have been exposed but do not have symptoms are required to quarantine for five days, get tested five days after being exposed, communicate with contact tracers and participate in daily symptom checks, according to the policy.

Those who are symptomatic, regardless of vaccination status, should complete IU’s symptom checker. If their symptoms require a test, they will receive an email on how to schedule a COVID-19 test. 

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