COVID-19 Exposure and Contact FAQ

Isolate at home for at least 5 days, even if you have been vaccinated and don’t have symptoms.

Stay home until:

  • At least 5 days have passed since your symptoms began (or since your positive test, if you have no symptoms),
  • AND you have no more symptoms, or your symptoms are improving, and you have no fever and do not need fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen).

If your COVID-19 vaccinations are up to date:

  • You have received a COVID-19 booster dose or third dose,
  • OR you have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine with the last six months, or a dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two months.

You do not need to stay at home:

  • You should wear a mask around others for the next 10 days.
  • 5 days after your exposure, you should be tested for COVID-19 to make sure you are not infected.
  • If you develop symptoms, be tested, and stay home (see above for isolation instructions).

Otherwise, you should quarantine at home.

  • Stay at home for at 5 days and wear a mask around others for five more days after that.
  • If you are unable to stay at home, wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • 5 days after your exposure, you should be tested for COVID-19 to make sure you are not infected.
  • If you develop symptoms, be tested, and stay home (see above for isolation instructions).

Notify Longest Student Health Center at 662-325-2055.  We understand that local health care providers may provide you with timelines to self-isolate that differ from those provided to you by the Student Health Center.  You may not return to work until cleared to do so by Student Health Center regardless of the directions given to you by outside health care providers.

Contact the COVID Hotline at the Longest Student Health Center with any questions or concerns by calling 662-325-2055.


*According to the CDC, a Close Contact is defined as:

a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for at least 15 minutes; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case

– or –

b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on)

Contact tracing is a process used to determine if other individuals may have come in close contact with someone who is COVID-positive and would need to be notified. This determination should only be done by officials in Longest Student Health Center or at the Mississippi State Department of Health.