Positive Case Notification Guidance

Effective September 18, 2023

Employees, undergraduate, and graduate students (except healthcare workers) must isolate for a minimum of 5 full days.  

  • Please fully isolate yourself in your own bedroom and preferably use your own bathroom.  
  • If you must share any spaces, minimize time spent, have all people mask when in the shared space and physically distance.  
  • Improve ventilation where feasible by opening windows or using a HEPA filter or fan. 
  • Have friends/family drop off any necessities.  
  • Cancel all upcoming appointments and do not travel.  
  • You will receive a release email. If you have no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms have improved, you may return to work/class on day 6 and should continue to mask until day 10. 

If you are an undergraduate living on campus, follow detailed instructions from the Housing Office about isolating in place in your room. If you have questions about isolation in your dorm room after reading the email from housing, call the Housing Services Office at 203-432-4020

Healthcare Workers and Health Science Students Working in Clinical Settings

Per CDC guidance, if you are in one of these groups, you must isolate for 7 full days. You will receive a release email on day 5 but should continue to isolate through the end of day 7. You may return to work on day 8. Please continue to mask through day 10.  

Notifying Your Close Contacts

You should notify your close contacts that you have tested positive. Yale faculty, staff and students may access our anonymous close contact notification form to notify close contacts who have yale.edu email addresses. General close contact guidance is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have any clinical questions or concerns, please be sure to contact your primary care provider or the Campus COVID Resource Line (CCRL) 203-432-6604 for guidance.  

Close Contact definition: All household members (or suitemates) are considered close contacts regardless of exposure time due to the shared nature of living spaces. Close contacts are people you have been around (less than 6 feet away for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, with or without a mask) during the two-day period before you first had symptoms OR if you do not have symptoms, two days before you were tested for COVID-19, through to the time you started isolation. Please note, not everyone you have been in contact with is considered a close contact, only those who meet the above definition.