Isolation Guidance for Those Who Test Positive

Updated November 11, 2022

An important strategy for reducing transmission of the virus is to identify those with infections and instruct them to isolate while they are infectious. It is also important to identify close contacts of infected individuals and provide instruction on post-exposure management.


Students

  • Students who test positive through the university testing program will receive guidance regarding close contacts and will be required to isolate in designated on-campus rooms or in their off-campus residences until released by Yale Health. See the fact sheets below for details for students isolating on or off campus.
  • Length of isolation is 7 days regardless of vaccination status. Undergraduate students only may be released early on day 5 or day 6 if they test negative on a rapid antigen test. All students must wear a well-fitting mask until day 10.
  • Medical guidance will be provided by Yale Health during isolation.
  • Those who test positive outside of the university testing program should self-report in order to receive the same guidance and care.

Faculty, Staff, and Trainees

  • Faculty, staff, and post-doctoral trainees who test positive through the university testing program will receive guidance regarding close contacts and will be asked to isolate at home for 7 days, regardless of vaccination status, and until a health care provider informs them it is safe to return to campus.
  • Those who test positive outside of the university testing program should self-report in order to receive the same guidance and care.

Isolation Guidelines